Ichibanya Co, the Japanese company, which operates under the brand name of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, is set to launch the concept in the UK, MCA understands.

The company, which operates more than 1,400 sites worldwide of the Japanese-style curry concept, is believed to have secured a site in Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, for its UK debut, with an opening planned for this summer..

Curry House CoCo Ichibanya or usually just CoCo Ichiban or CoCo Ichi has sites, operated directly or by franchise, across 10 countries: the US, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Philippines, and Japan.

The company also operates 25 restaurants in Japan under the name Pasta de Coco.