Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), the upmarket fast-food chain, is to extend its national roll out next year, with 10 new sites already in the pipeline. The company, which currently operates 11 sites, including 10 in London, plans to open two more restaurants outside the capital before the end of April 2007. The group’s first restaurant outside London opened in Brighton in May, and it has already signed on two further sites in Bristol and Tunbridge Wells, Kent, which are expected to begin trading early next year. David Sykes, managing director of GBK, told M&C Report that the company plans to concentrate on opening more restaurants outside the capital, with a number of locations already targeted. He said: “The performance of the Brighton restaurant has provided the perfect evidence that the concept can work very well outside London. “We have a pipeline of 10 sites across the country that we are at different stages of completion on, which will be looking towards to expand GBK nationally during our next financial year.” Locations targeted by the group include Manchester and Cambridge. Sykes also said the company was on target to operate 20 restaurants by the end of its current financial year. He said it has plans to open six more units in London before the end of April next year, with sites in Greenwich, Earl’s Court, Baker Street, and Ealing, in different stages of negotiation or already signed up. DCL acted on behalf of the vendor regarding the Tunbridge Wells site.