Me Love Sushi, the London-based Japanese restaurant and bar operator, hopes to add further sites to its current three-strong estate over the next 12 months. The company, which went through a restructure in 2009 saw Taj Ratta and Mark Glassman become the main stakeholders, is currently exploring opportunities in central London, Hampstead and Putney/Richmond, and hopes to add at least one new site by the end of the year. It is also set to add an upscale cocktail bar to its flagship site in Chelsea and refurbish the existing bar at its Swiss Cottage restaurant. The chain’s management team includes Julian Bartlett, an original member of the YO! Sushi team, which opened the first four restaurants under the brand with founder Simon Woodroffe. Ratta told M&C Report that the company was now on a firm footing to increase its presence in the capital and that eventually the company’s Chelsea site will feature a central kitchen facility to aid further expansion. He said: “We have a good team, good base and a good competitive offering. We have great brand recognition in the places we are already operating in and believe that we can translate this into the areas we are targeting. We are in a much better position than we were two years ago and the business is now turning a profit. We are very excited about the possibilities for the business.”