Pan Asian cuisine chain Tampopo has revealed that it is considering sites in London in which to launch its fifth restaurant. According to executive director and cofounder Nick Jeffrey, once the restaurant is open, Tampopo will consider finding backing with which to open additional sites, possibly at a rate of two or three a year. The company was cofounded by Jeffrey and David Fox in the mid-1990s, and opened its first restaurant, in Manchester’s Albert Square, in 1997. Since then it has opened three more: Leeds’ South Parade in 2000; Salford’s Trafford Centre in 2001; and Fulham Road, London in 2003. The restaurants, which range in size from the 60-seat Fulham venue to the 105-seater in the Trafford Centre, serve a mix of food from the Far East, including Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese. Jeffrey said that Tampopo was now looking for a site in London’s West End that would potentially become a 100-120-seat flagship restaurant, to capitalise on the area’s mix of office, retail and leisure/evening entertainment-based clientele. Jeffrey explained: "We’re looking for a unit that can capture those three segments. So we’re looking principally in the West End. Our model is high-volume, low-spend, which really peaks in those kind of environments." He also disclosed that the chain would likely use the fifth site as a springboard into a more rapid rollout of restaurants, primarily in the South East and such growing markets in the North West as Liverpool and Chester. He added: "The fifth site will be funded essentially through internal cash. So that’s very much a mezzanine step. "I think site five will be the icing on the cake in terms of our current structure in that we can refine what we do within the London market with that site and set out our stall for interested parties to look at our way forward. "I don’t want to be too specific about how many sites per year we would look to grow at beyond the fifth site, but it seems to be a fairly conservative or sane thing to say that we might be looking to add two, maybe three sites a year. The rate of opening new sites is to be decided, but as I say, we’re planning to speed up the rate at which we open new sites compared to the previous phase, and that most likely would involve getting some new funding."