Two entrepreneurs behind a new Italian restaurant in the Lake District are set to open two more sites, just months after opening their first.
Cumbria-based hotelier Colin Monk and Cheshire-based restaurateur Alex Mauro opened Caffe Riva in what was the Rumours Pizzeria in Bowness earlier this year.
Now they are planning two more restaurants, in Windermere and Ambleside, potentially opening up a new franchise concept.
Monk, owner and managing director at Caffe Riva, said: "After searching for a property for two years we were fortunate enough to be approached by the previous owners before the property was put on the market.
"We have been overwhelmed by the response we've had from locals and tourists alike. We see this as a pilot for further Caffe Riva restaurants and are looking at other locations that could be just as successful."
The property team at Harrison Drury solicitors advised the pair on all legal aspects of the new business and negotiated a fifteen-year lease of the property.
Monk owns Luxury Lakes Hotels and runs two properties in the Lake District, while Mauro's father Enzo, also a restaurateur, appeared in the late chef Keith Floyd's BBC TV series Floyd on Food.