Wahaca, the Mexican street food restaurant concept led by Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, has moved closer to making its regional debut, after applying for a licence to open a site in Cardiff.

M&C Report understands that the company, which is also in in talks on a unit as part of the redevelopment of Manchester’s Corn Exchange, has applied to open a unit in The Hayes part of the city’s St David’s shopping scheme.

Selby told M&C Report last week: “Manchester really excites us and through a social media campaign ‘bring Wahaca to Cardiff’ we know we have a strong following in that city, so we hope to have at least one regional site opened in the next 12 months.”

The Capricorn Ventures-backed group plans to add a further three sites to its 11-strong core London estate this year.

Its next site under its core brand will open in Wimbledon next month on the former Coal site it acquire at the turn of the year, although planning issues are holdings up further openings in Brixton and Great Portland Street.

He said that the funding and structure, including a recently introduced area management layer, are now in place to take the chain to 20 to 25 sites, after which it should be self-funding.