Chef Neil Rankin is in advanced talks to take a unit in the City for what would be the second site for Temper, his fledgling modern barbecue concept, MCA understands.

Rankin, who is backed in the venture by Imbiba Partnership under the umbrella of Casper & Cole, is believed to be in advanced talks to take a unit at the Angel Court development in the City. The new Temper will open up alongside Coya, Natural Kitchen and Notes Coffee at the scheme next year.

Temper recently opened its first site in Soho’s Broadwick Street.

Rankin plans to eventually operate a group of six to seven sites in central London under the Temper format over the next five before a further roll out.

He collaborated with entrepreneur and seasoned restaurant-bar operator Sam Lee on the new concept.

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.”