Mid-market restaurant group Carluccio's is set to expand with the opening of seven new outlets: three in the UK and four overseas.
The openings, in London, Cheltenham and Cardiff, alongside new restaurants in the USA (two), Dublin and Dubai will take the total number of outlets for the group up to 112.
The first American site for the brand will open shortly in the old town of Alexandria, just outside of Washington, with a second opening in the autumn at Pike & Rose, a mixed-use development at Montrose Parkway, near Washington. Launching later this month, the new outlet in Dubai will be the company's 12th restaurant in the Middle East.
Simon Kossoff, chairman of Carluccio's, said: "We are pleased to announce accelerated growth of the business, expanding both nationally and internationally."