Tonkotsu, the Emma Reynolds-led concept, is gearing up for further expansion by starting the search for a central kitchen facility, M&C understands.

The company, which operates four sites under the ramen bar and restaurant brand, has appointed property advisors TwentyRetail to find a leasehold or freehold site in east/south east London that is 2,000 to 4,500sq ft in size.

The company is set to convert its Tsuru site at Bankside into a Tonkotsu next month, as it looks to focus on the expansion of the latter brand.

Work has begun to create a 60 cover restaurant with a cocktail bar that is due to re-open in early August with a ramen offering to suit the emerging evening market in the area.

Reynolds said the group had decided to focus more on Tonkotsu going forward however there are no plans to turn the company’s two other existing Tsuru sites into Tonkotsus.

The Bankside restaurant, which may be the first restaurant besides the Selfridges site to offer take-away, will include a mezzanine level and bar to showcase the newly re-launched drinks offering including barrel-aged cocktails and Japanese ales.