Cote, the BC Partners-backed group, has further strengthened its openings pipeline for Limeyard, the all-day American kitchen concept, it acquired at the start of this year, with an opening lined up for Q3 of next year, MCA has learnt.

The group, which acquired Limeyard and sister concept Jackson & Rye from Richard Caring for an undisclosed sum at the start of this year, is understood to have exchanged on a unit at Albion House in Woking.

Before that, the group will open a second site under the concept at the Two Rivers scheme in Staines in the first quarter of next year.

The Staines opening will see Cote place its own mark on the format, which currently operates out of single site in Ealing.

MCA understands that Cote will look to increase its openings target from 15 to c25-30 sites going forward with an ideal split being 10 openings across all three brands a year.

It currently operates five Jackson & Rye sites, and recently opening in the City, whilst a further opening is lined up in Guildford.

Cote operates 81 sites under its eponymous brand and has openings lined up for the first quarter of next year in Bristol, Chester and Weybridge.