Italian ‘quick-food’ concept to open second London eatery

Fleet Street favourite Coco di Mama has announced plans to open a second eatery in London on the back of the success of its first restaurant, which could provide more chef jobs for aspiring cooks.

The quick-service Italian food company will launch its new site on the corner of Moorgate and London Wall in the City area this week just over a year after opening the doors of its first venue.

Co-founders Daniel Land and Jeremy Sanders told that they were overwhelmed by the popularity of their Fleet Street restaurant.

"We have just had our expectations surpassed by a mile," said Mr Land. "We always said let's get it right at Fleet Street. People are always trying to show you stuff and we were always batting them away saying we are not ready, but then things were really starting to go well and this great spot came up."

Hungry customers in the Square Mile will be able to visit the second Coco di Mama for early breakfasts and lunches, as well as pick up a cup of the company's own blend of coffee, the Baron, which has been created in partnership with coffee roasters Climpson & Sons.

Mr Land said that if all goes well at the new location the company will look into opening a third place to cater for evening meals.

"Our food definitely has an evening appeal but I don't think we'll change from our core offering. If everything goes well at London Wall and we are confident that we can take the next step then opening up in another location that might have a bit of evening trade is really interesting," he added.

Meanwhile, those seeking catering jobs in London might be interested to learn about an apprenticeship scheme being run by restaurant company D&D London (formally known as Conran Restaurants) and the Piscari Trust, which offers disadvantaged people in the capital a chance to train in top kitchens under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor.

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