Wagamama is to close its East Village restaurant in Manhattan but is opening a new spot in Midtown later this year.

The East Village site will close on 12 April due to “location issues and a lack of liquor licence”

The Restaurant Group-owned brand said the closure would allow it to focus on plans for the Midtown branch, which will launch in late summer with space for 185 covers, an external patio and a full liquor license.

Wagamama opened its third New York restaurant – in Murray Hill – in February.

Wagamama chief marketing officer Ross Farquhar said: “Recognised as a pioneer in the industry, wagamama was the first to introduce the communal table, the open kitchen and serving made-to-order dishes as soon as they’re ready. These new locations reflect wagamama’s ongoing commitment to spreading its “bowl to soul” philosophy: wholesome, fresh food and a welcoming environment to nourish the body as well as the soul. With close to 200 eateries around the world, wagamama remains dedicated to expanding and building a brand that cares deeply for its guests and their needs.”

TRG announced a strategic review of Wagamama’s US operation - which it described as ’sub-scale - last month, although a spokesman said this decision was not connected.