Tiffinbites, the Indian fast food chain launched by two ex-Marks and Spencer employees, plans to open nine new restaurants in 2007. The company, which was founded by Jamal Hirani and Jonathan Marks in 2003, has raised close to £2m in funding to expand the group from its current estate of three sites in London. The group will open its fourth restaurant, a 250-cover site in Gresham Street, in Central London, in March. This will be followed by openings of two further 250-cover restaurants in Fleet Street in May, and at the 02 development in Greenwich in June. Hirani, founder and chief executive, told M&C Report that the company had targeted another six sites in and around London for further openings by the end of 2007. He also did not rule out expanding the concept outside of the capital despite the closure of the company’s Birmingham site last year. He said: “We have been raising funding over the last two years and we are now in a position to take the concept forward. 2007 will be a very busy year for us. “Although we had to close our site in Birmingham, it was the location in the city that let us down, so we are confident we can take the concept back there and to other locations outside London.” The company currently operates sites in Moorgate, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf.