Cote, the French bistro chain run by Andy Bassadone and owned by Richard Caring, has secured its latest site in London after acquiring the Rasa Restaurant unit in Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street. The restaurant, which will become the group’s 17th in the capita,l is c3,000sq ft and will become a 110-cover Cote when it opens in April. Rasa had a lease expiring in 2030 at a rent of £100,000 per annum. An undisclosed premium was paid. In December, the chain secured a lease on the NW1 Bar on the Parkway in Camden, which is set to re-open as a Cote this quarter. It is understood that the group has also secured the Café Bistro site in Cathedral Square, Exeter, which will open later this year. Last month, the group opened its 30th site in Esher, Surrey. Nick Weir, director at Shelley Sandzer, which acted on behalf of Cote in Charlotte Street deal, said: “This was an off market transaction, and one of a series of deals we’ve done for Cote in recent months. The brand is enjoying a successful expansion across some key locations in the capital, as Londoner’s appetite for good, simple bistro cooking continues.” PSK Knighton acted for Rasa.