Healthy fast food group Leon has reached its target of 11 new sites in 2015, with the opening of its London Leadenhall Market location this week.
The 52-seat venue is set within a Grade II-listed building, and has opened less than two weeks after the group opened its 10th site, on Pancras Square at London's King's Cross, on 3 December. It will serve the group's usual healthy and varied menu of salads, meatballs, burgers, wraps, juices, baked fries, and selection of cakes and popcorn.
Its 33rd venue to date, the opening comes less than two months after the announcement in late October of the group's £11.5m refinancing package with HSBC, which it said would help it expand to cities such as Glasgow, Manchester, and even North America.
First opened in Carnaby Street in 2004, the group has 26 sites across London, plus Heathrow airport, East Midlands airport, Stansted airport, the Eurotunnel in Folkestone, Brent Cross, and Birmingham. Its most recent openings before Leadenhall Market were High Street Kensington and Jubilee Place in Canary Wharf.
Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, who originally founded the group with chef Allegra McEvedy, have also been strong proponents of healthy eating, having worked with the Government on the new School Food Plan, and imposed a sugary drinks tax on Leon's own drinks, donating to the Children's Health Fund set up by Jamie Oliver and Sustain.