AMA Hospitality has confirmed it is to open a site under its Middle Eastern-style, premium casual dining restaurant brand – Maison du Mezze, in London’s Soho.

The Lebanese restaurant concept has signed a lease for 4,800sq ft of space on the ground level of 151 Wardour Street

Thor Equities Europe, a leader in urban real estate development, leasing and management, closed on the sale of property in Soho for £49m last week.

Additional retail tenants in the building include Hummingbird Bakery and L’ETO Caffe.

AMA Hospitality is backed by Ayman Abdel Jaber, the founder of the Reem Al Bawadi restaurant business.

Earlier this year, the company launched an informal version of the concept in the Bentall’s Centre in Kingston.

Abdel Jaber, which sold his then seven-strong, Middle East-based Reem Al Bawadi chain to Dubai-listed retailer Marka in 2015 for Dh315m (£66.2m), acquired the former Haagen Dazs unit in Leicester Square to launch the Maison du Mezzé concept in the UK last year.

The restaurant sports a contemporary Arabic look and feel, and seats a minimum of 150 covers inside and a minimum of 60 covers in an outside seating area, bordered with planters and covered by awnings and umbrellas.