Wahaca, the Mexican street food brand, is set to further strengthen its presence in the capital, after exchanging on a site for its eponymous core brand in Shoreditch, MCA has learnt.

The Jo Fleet-led, group, which will open its latest site in Southampton’s Watermark scheme early next year, is to take over The Yard restaurant in Tabernacle Street from PizzaExpress, with an opening scheduled for next year.

The company, which recently opened its 24th site in Edinburgh, is also set to open in Nottingham next year.

It also operates two sites under its D/FMexico concept and has lined up its first regional D/F Mexico site at the extension to Intu’s Watford shopping scheme.

Earlier this year, it won the Sustainable Restaurant group of the year award again with the SRA and became the UK’s first Carbon Neutral restaurant group.

Richard Negus at AG&G acted on the Tabernacle Street deal.