Mowgli, the 11-strong Indian street-food concept, is set to open a further two sites before the end of the year.

In addition to the planned opening of its Bristol Corn Exchange restaurant – which was announced earlier this year and is due to launch in November subject to planning– a second site is hoped for in the Cheshire area before Christmas, founder Nisha Katona has told MCA.

“When I started Mowgli I took an attitude of domestic husbandry to Mowgli’s financial health and so we’ve always had good headroom. Because of that we were fine in lockdown and yes we are building,” she said. “We intend to open two more restaurants before Christmas, one in Bristol and the second in the Cheshire area.

Alongside the confirmed sites, she added that the business was “looking to close in” on sites in cities including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brighton for next year.

“On 4 July we opened our brand-new restaurant in Leeds, and so post-lockdown we’d be opening three more restaurants in 2020 and we can do that quite comfortably,” she said. “I really thank heavens that we have the capacity to do that.

“There are some great land deals to be had, and with every Mowgli we open we create 60 jobs, there is no greater motivation to grow but grow sensibly.”