Wagamama, the fast casual noodle bar chain, plans to open a restaurant in Horsham, West Sussex, this spring. The company has taken a site in the town’s East Street, which is fast becoming the home for a number of casual dining brands, with Cote and Giraffe both opening sites there over the past 18 months, whilst an Ask Italian is believed to be taking a corner unit nearby. The street also features Wabi, the high-end Japanese restaurant, which is headed up by ex-Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth. Wagamama currently operates 70 restaurants in Britain as well as nearly 40 sites overseas, including three in the US. In its latest set of accounts, the company said that it planned to “follow a prudent growth programme” going forward, after a brief halt to expansion early last year. The on/off sale talks between Wagamama's owner Lion Capital and Morgan Stanley finally ended before Christmas, after the latter failed to raise its bid sufficiently to entice a deal. Lion was reportedly not prepared to accept less than £220m for the international noodle chain.