Chef Neil Rankin is in advanced talks to take a unit in Soho’s Broadwick Street for his new “modern barbecue, wine bar and counter dining restaurant” concept which is backed by the Imbiba Partnership.

MCA understands that Casper & Cole, the umbrella vehicle for the new concept is close to securing a ground floor and basement unit at 25 Broadwick Street for the first site in what is planned to be a group of six to seven sites in central London.

It is thought that the new concept, which is scheduled to launch later this summer, has the working title of Temper. Rankin is set to collaborate with entrepreneur and seasoned restaurant-bar operator Sam Lee on the new concept.

The new venture is looking to open six to seven sites mainly in central London over the next five years before further roll out

The first “Temper” is expected to feature a 30-45 cover wine-tasting room and a 50-75 cover restaurant, with the majority of seating on the ground floor set around an open kitchen.

The concept was initially referred to as Project Celsius.

Rankin previously described the concept as “great wine and great meat cooked simply and made with quality fresh produce” and said it was borne out of dining trends pushing operators further towards simplified menus.

He said: “Counter dining and simple cooking means less kitchen space and reduced staff. It means increased hospitality because we can be more connected with the customer. This is a no wait, no reservation concept. Customers can have a drink and get light bites while they wait for a space at the counter to free up.

“It will have smokers and firepits and fresh fish will be cooked right in front of your eyes.”

Davis Coffer Lyons is marketing the Broadwick Street site.