YO! Sushi, the Mayfair-backed, Richard Hodgson-led group, has placed its restaurant on Kensington High Street on the market.
The site at 204-206 Kensington High Street has been placed on the market through Restaurant Property, and has a currently rent per annum of £200k.
Hodgson told MCA earlier this year, that the company, which operates 76 sites in the UK, would only open one restaurant here this year at the Intu scheme in Watford, with a further one opening scheduled for next year in Ashford.
Hodgson said: “I would rather have 80 strong restaurants than 140 with 20 of those sites underperforming. The business is robust but we are not going to over-stretch ourselves. There are things we can do to strength the restaurant business around the edges and we still get approached all the time regarding possible sites but expansion of the core format is not on the cards at present.”
Last month, the company signed an agreement with Tesco to pilot YO! To Go counters at two UK stores.
Under the agreement YO! will have a manned kiosk in each site creating made-to-order sushi as well as providing “fresh, made-today” sushi to the front-of-store food to-go range.
The first of the two trial sites at Sunbury-on-Thames Extra, opens today, with the second site Bournemouth Extra opening next week.