Vapiano is to open a site in Edinburgh as it ramps up its regional expansion, MCA has learnt.

The Italian casual dining group has secured a site in St Andrews Square in the city, which is set to open in the autumn. It will be followed in November by the previously announced opening in the former George Hotel in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street.

The Edinburgh site will have 290 covers over 3 floors.

The site, which has been secured on a 25-year lease, had been earmarked for the Big Easy.

The group, which opened its first regional site in Manchester in 2015, this year spent £2m refurbishing its debut site in Great Portland Street.