Thursday, March 12, 2020

Wagamama Plans an Ambitious U.S. Rollout. What Is the Restaurant Chain Looking For?

U.K.-based pan-Asian restaurant chain Wagamama has announced a planned U.S. rollout that boasts new funding, new operating partners and a location opened last year in Midtown Manhattan. The 200-unit chain currently operates six restaurants in New York City and Boston.

Before kicking off its U.S. expansion, Wagamama launched a strategic review of its U.S. business and recruited Robert Cornog and Richard Flaherty as operating partners and co-CEOs of Wagamama USA. The two are experienced restaurant operators who as part of their portfolio were leaders of Punch Bowl Social, an experiential food-and-beverage brand.. . . more