Gary Thomas, formerly of YO! Sushi and Soho House Group, is to oversee the next stage in the growth of Foxlow - Hawksmoor’s fledgling, neighbourhood concept, MCA has learnt.

Thomas, who spent over 10 years at YO!, eventually becoming its senior operations director, is to become restaurant director of the currently four-strong Foxlow business.

He previously oversaw the rollout and development of the Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger concepts at Soho House.

It is thought his appointment will provide greater focus on the development of and expansion opportunities for Foxlow.

The concept currently operates in Stoke Newington, Clerkenwell, Chiswick and Balham.

Hawksmoor revealed this month that it is to open a site under its eponymous core brand at 16 Winchester Way next February.

Hawksmoor co-founder Will Beckett told MCA last year that the focus in terms of expansion of both its core brand and Foxlow was to “create a group of restaurants with genuine integrity”.

He sad: “No one likes the word chain: it conjures up an image of a group of restaurants that has prioritised making money over doing what they love, which has grown too fast, and which has sacrificed originality and quality for simplicity and consistency. We think that if we prioritise the things we really care about like the best possible ingredients, great drinks and friendly service from people who love what they do we’ll have a chance of having a great company, and Foxlow will stand a chance of being well loved wherever it opens.”