Wagamama has 70 restaurants in the UK, and another 38 overseas. The restaurants serve 12 tons of noodles each week, while 1,500 portions of edamame (a dish of soybeans) are eaten by its customers every day.
The Japanese-style food chain, which was founded in Bloomsbury in 1992, is majority-owned by Lion Capital which bought the chain for £103m six years ago. The private equity company has tried to sell it on a couple of occasions, but didn’t receive offers high enough. So rising profits and talk of potential expansion is bound to do it no harm.