Restaurateur David Moore is eyeing two further sites for his US-style smokehouse restaurant One Sixty as he also continues the hunt for a home for former pop-up Pieds Nus.
Moore, who owns Michelin-starred London restaurants Pied à Terre and L'Autre Pied, opened One Sixty in West Hampstead with Sean Martin, the former owner of the Northumberland Arms in Fitzrovia and the Barley Mow in Marylebone, last month.
He said the venture has been "unbelievably busy", with 120 people for dinner on a quiet night, and 200 on Friday and Saturday nights. "It's an exercise in crowd management," he said. "You struggle to get people through the door, and we are looking for great people to join the team who have got experience at handling that sort of volume."
He attributed the success of the restaurant, which takes its name from the temperature 160 degrees Fahrenheit, to the price point, with a pulled pork bun costing £12.
A deal for a second site could be signed as early as next month and there are plans for a third to follow.
Meanwhile, Moore said he was still looking for a suitable site for Pieds Nus. The "less is more" concept, which offered traditional dishes stripped back to their main components, opened as a pop-up in October last year on the site of what was Simon Rogan's Roganic in London's Blandford Street, with chef Ed Dutton at the helm.
It closed in March this year, but Moore is still hopeful he can revive the restaurant in a new location, although "very little has come out of the woodwork" so far.