Recently launched Indian restaurant business Pataka is looking to roll out the concept across London with three additional openings already lined up.

Founded by Arjun Baljee, alongside a group of restauranteurs and hoteliers, the business opened its first restaurant in Grosvenor Gardens, near Victoria Station, in February this year – initially as a delivery kitchen and now including outdoor dining – with a site in Bermondsey due to open next month, followed by restaurants in Bayswater and Mayfair.

Pataka is then looking to expand further in the capital. Baljee told MCA that there was “no end to the growth we see”. Alongside its three immediate openings, he said the business was currently in negotiations over “a few other sites”.

“The model is fluid – delivery or dine-in, the locations are designed with minimal fuss, the hero is the food and that’s what will keep guest coming back,” he said.

Baljee said that to see empty restaurants during the pandemic has been “heartbreaking”. “Pandemics and economic shocks will happen periodically. We needed to find a way to create an adaptive hospitality model, that rejuvenates restaurants during the downturn, tries to insulate them from future shocks, and delivers long term value to all stakeholders – employees and investors , while delighting the guest along the way,” he said, on the inspiration behind Pataka’s business model.