Ramen noodle restaurant group Tonkotsu is to consolidate its estate with the disposal of its two Tsuru-branded sites, as it looks to focus on the growth of its core eponymous brand.

Tsuru Bishopsgate will close today and Tsuru Mansion House on 14 July.

The group, which currently operates six Tonkotsus in London, plus a further restaurant in Birmingham, plans to open a further three sites between now and Q1 2018, with a site already secured for an opening later this year in Rye Lane, Peckham.

It is also in talks on a site in Stratford.

The group, which also operates the Anzu restaurant at the St James’s Market development, is set to undergo a rebranding exercise, the results of which will be unveiled at the Peckham site.

At the same time, it has hired Mike Statham, formerly of General Mills, as its new financial controller.

Earlier this year, co-founder Emma Reynolds told MCA that in 2018, when the new head office team was bedded down, the group would more actively seek other locations, ideally within an hour of London, in urban centres such as Brighton, Cambridge and Bristol.