Thai restaurant group Koh Thai Tapas (KTT) has announced a "brand tie-up" with smaller firm Mango Thai Tapas (MTT).
The deal will see six-strong Koh Thai Tapas incorporate the two Mango Thai Tapas restaurants, both of which trade in Southampton, into the group.
However, the two businesses will remain separate entities. The two were originally sister brands. Nick Stone and Jay Hampton founded MTT in 2007 but Hampton left in 2009 and went on to found KTT with Andrew Lennox and Nick Billingham.
A spokesperson for the company said: "Koh Thai Tapas and Mango Thai Tapas… have now entered a brand tie-up where negotiations are taking place to incorporate MTT into KTT. But for now the companies are going to work together on common goals and KTT national expansion plans."
A spokesperson for KTT said: "This is the realisation of months of negotiations and we are incredibly pleased to see two such strong brands come together once again. It's amazing to finally have Thai Tapas back together".
MTT said: "Mango is a strong and respected brand in Southampton and we are looking forward to working more closely with KTT in the future."