Chilean street food concept Rica Rica is opening its first restaurant at Whitcomb Street, near London’s Charing Cross to open before the end of February on a short term lease.

The restaurant is on the former site of Japanese restaurant Eat Tokyo in an area that is being redeveloped by the landlord who has agreed a free of charge lease for Rica Rica for up to nine months.

Amanda Ford, who established Rica Rica with her boyfriend Joshua Richardson last year, told M&C Report she intends to open a permanent restaurant after the short term lease is complete.

Ford became involved in a business initiative called Kensington Creates through which she was connected to a property agent who offered the short-term deal on the venue.

The restaurant will have an open kitchen and no table service to mimic the street food ambience as closely as possible and serve an extended menu of Chilean food including Sopaipilla which made Rica Rica popular on the street food circuit.

Ford and Richardson have run stalls at street food events around the capital including Street Feast, The Paperworks, Ely’s Yard.