Man who built La Tasca back with new Ego project

28 March 2008 by
Man who built La Tasca back with new Ego project

James Horler, who turned La Tasca into a national brand, is planning the same again after leading a buyout of Northern restaurant chain Ego.

Ego currently operates five restaurants across the North West with a sixth due to open in the Midlands in late April.

Horler, who was backed by LDC (Lloyds TSB Development Capital), has raised £9.1m for the acquisition and roll-out of another 36 of the Mediterranean styled restaurants.

The roll out will initially focus on the North and the Midlands in places such as Nottingham and Leeds, but will go nationwide later.

The deal sees Ego founders Jason Ellison and Jonathan Poole leave the company they founded in 1997, with Horler associates John Barnes and Ian Edwards joining the business as non-executive directors.

Ego's existing management team of five hold a minority stake in the new business as does LDC.

James Horler, executive chairman of Ego, said: "Many suburban dining areas in the Midlands and North West are under-provided for in terms of quality casual dining and Ego is well placed to make in roads into this area."

Ego was a Caterer Best Places to Work in Hospitality winner last year.

James Horler joins Leon after La Tasca >>
Laurel expects merger to deliver 70% increase in food sales >>

By Gemma Sharkey

E-mail your comments to Gemma Sharkey here.

The Caterer Blog]( Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking