Ippudo confirms second UK site

Ippudo, the premium ramen noodle restaurant chain, has confirmed that it will be opening its second UK site at Canary Wharf this summer as part of its European expansion plans. The first UK site opened last autumn at London’s Central St. Giles as its flagship restaurant serving Hakata-style ramen dishes developed at Ippudo’s restaurants in Japan, Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manhattan. The second site will be a 65-cover restaurant adjacent to the Crossrail development. In December the group received 2bn yen (£10.5m) from Cool Japan Fund, a Japanese government entrepreneurial fund, to strengthen its pipeline of European restaurants. A further European site is scheduled to open in Paris this spring.

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