Tomoyoshi Nishiyama, the founder of the c1,220-strong Gyukaku Group, is set to launch his  new Japanese barbeque concept Kintan into the UK, M&C Report understands.

Nishiyama, who sold the majority of the Gyukaku business last November for $175m (£110m), currently operates c50 sites under the Kintan brand, including 14 in Japan and 23 in the US.

He has set up new company Dining Innovation UK Ltd, which includes backing from Reins International, to oversee the UK launch. It plans to initially invest £2m in launching in the UK.

The group has retained Cushman & Wakefield to secure a flagship West End location for an opening at the start of next year. It is looking to open up to six restaurants under the brand in London, but believes there is scope to operate 30 sites in total in the UK.

It has hired Akihisa Nagae to head up its UK operations.

Dining Innovation UK is a joint venture between Dining Innovation Holdings and Reins International USA, where Dining Innovation holds a 70% stake. The former company will provide initial of capital of £1m, while the latter will provide “know-how and support”.

The company said that Kintan differs from other Japanese restaurants as it incorporates an individual grill at each table. Using a high-tech smokeless system each barbeque is connected at the base to the extract; providing a private, smokeless grill for customers.

Average customer spend for lunch at Kintan is expected to be £20 per head, rising to £50 for dinner.

Nishiyama opened the original Japanese BBQ restaurant in Tokyo in 1996. There are now more than 23,000 yaki-niku restaurants in Japan. By July 2012, the number of Gyukaku Group restaurants in Japan reached 1,224 and 36 restaurants overseas in six countries.