Gusto, the Tim Bacon-chaired and Palatine Private Equity-backed restaurant chain, has appointed Rob Prill as its new finance director, M&C Report understands.

Prill joins the 10-strong group after nearly six years as group financial controller at Hotter, the international, multi-channel retailer and largest shoe manufacturer in the UK.

He joins Gusto as it looks to roll out its new look branding across its existing estate within the next 18 months in addition to opening new restaurants across the country.

The brand, which is led by Sue Crimes, opened its new flagship site, earlier this month in Manchester’s Elliot House, complete with a new look taking inspiration from the “traditional grand cafés of Europe”.

M&C Report understands that it has acquired a site in Glasgow’s Bothwell Street for an opening next year.

Earlier this year, the company completed a management buy-out of Gusto with funding from Palatine as it looks to add about 15 sites over the next four years, including a move into the London area.