Little Chef is gearing up to launch its first restaurant since it was taken over by Kout Food Group in 2013, MCA has learnt.

The Grade II listed building at Markham Moor South on the A1 southbound carriageway is due to open in November alongside Burger King and will bring the number of properties in the Little Chef estate to 71.

“[The building] used to be a Little Chef but that got closed many years ago,” John Moore, Little Chef head of operations told MCA. “Now KFG’s intention is to relaunch it. We’ve gone through the designs. The first dig will start on 29 September and it will open on 14 November.”

Little Chef recently launched a new ‘trial’ menu across five sites - the Black Cat near St Neots, Podimore in Yeovil, Amesbury near Salisbury, Warminster, Weston on The Green near Bicester and Markham Moor, North Retford – featuring traditional’ key anchor dishes’ including the Olympic breakfast and pancakes.

“It’s all about bringing items into the menu which are more appealing to a wider range of the market,” Moore added.

Moore said the new menus are part of a ‘full refresh’, which would eventually be rolled out across the estate.

The brand’s mascot, ‘Charlie’, would be retained, he said.

“We’ve [been] very careful to make sure that we’re maintaining the heritage of what Little Chef is famous for,” Moore continued. “We’ve done a lot of market research into customers’ expectations.”

During its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s Little Chef operated more than 450 sites around the UK.