A chain of restaurants specialising in authentic ramen noodles

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"This partnership will allow us to grow our business, enabling us to open a handful more Tonkotsus. Our commitment to the quality of our food, our homemade noodles and the way we treat our people, who are the heart of this business, has been fundamental from day one. We chose YFM as our partner as we felt they shared our ambition to grow the business in the right way to maintain the culture and the brand. "

Ken Yamada, co-founder of Tonkotsu

The business

  • A distinctive brand with a focus on service and quality
  • Operates nine restaurants in London and one in Birmingham
  • A strong commitment to high quality ramen with homemade noodles

The strategy

  • Double the number of restaurants in the chain
  • Continue to grow home delivery sales via Deliveroo and UberEats
  • Recruit further senior management and build corporate infrastructure as the business expands
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