The team behind Rosa’s, the London-based, Thai cafe concept, has secured the first permanent site for its Laos Café format, MCA has learnt.

Husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore have secured 60 Chandos Place for the new concept, which will operate under a separate business to Rosa’s, with an opening pencilled in for later this year.

Alex Moore told MCA that he and Saiphin had invested their own money into the new project, which they believe is scaleable, although Rosa’s will for the rime being remain their focus in terms of expansion.

They previously operated a pop-up version of the concept in Wilton Street, Victoria, before the site was converted to the group’s seventh Rosa’s earlier this summer.

Moore said: “The popularity of the pop-up proved to us that the concept, which is close to our hearts as Saiphin was born on the Laos border, could return as a permanent fixture. Rosa’s will remain our main expansion priority and Laos Café will be run as a separate entity funded by myself, Saiphin and our finance director Tom. I believe it will be the first Laos-inspired restaurant to open in the capital.”

Davis Coffer Lyons acted on the Chandos site deal.