Italian-style restaurant chain Carluccio's is to significantly expand its overseas portfolio, as it opens its 80th UK site in London Heathrow's Terminal 4.
The group is expecting to open seven restaurants overseas by the end of the year, including two in Turkey, two in Dubai, one in Abu Dhabi and another Ireland. The brand is also set to open in the US for the first time, in Washington suburb Alexandria.
This will take the number of sites abroad to 15.
The announcement comes as the group opens its 80th UK site, at London Heathrow's Terminal 4, and confirmed plans to continue expanding by eight to ten locations country-wide per year.
The first airside location for the brand, the 3,081 sq ft Heathrow space will have 102 covers, and ten bar seats, and be located between Gates 10 to 25, through which over 50% of the airport's passengers pass.
Carluccio's chief executive, Simon Kossoff, said: "Carluccio's is entering a period of faster international growth. It's tremendously exciting to be proving our format outside the UK in a number of territories."
Started as a food shop by Italian chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio and his wife in 1991, Carluccio's operated as a wholesale business before opening its first "caffe" in London, in 1999.
It now has sites across the country, plus locations in Ireland and across the Middle East.