Rosa’s Thai Café to expand in London after banking £1.8 million in funding

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A chain of Thai restaurants which aims to combine “modern London with modern Bangkok” is to expand this year. 

Rosa’s Thai Café plans to open three new branches after securing £1.8 million in funding from banking giant Santander. 

Husband and wife founders Alex and Saiphin Moore — profiled in the Standard’s Entrepreneurs section in 2014 — set up the business in 2006.

Initially trading from a market stall in Brick Lane, the duo took over a greasy spoon café in Spitalfields called Rosa’s and revamped it into a Thai restaurant serving recipes Saiphin brought from the Far East. 

Over the past five years, they have opened sites in Soho, Westfield Stratford, Carnaby Street, Chelsea and Islington and will spend the funds on opening in Victoria in April before possible launches in Shoreditch and Brixton.

The opening of these new sites will create 100 jobs over the next two years.

Alex Moore said: “The success of Rosa’s remains Saiphin’s traditional cooking: we still offer many of her original dishes.”

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January 26, 2016 |
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