The burger restaurant chain Fat Hippo is expanding and will create 200 new food service jobs around the UK.
The owners have ambitious growth targets over the next 18 months which include opening nine new restaurants before the end of 2023.
Fat Hippo, which first opened in Newcastle in 2010, specialises in a range of beef and chicken burgers, with vegan options having a growing presence on the menu and more plant-based options to follow.
The opening of three new restaurants over the next few months will create food service jobs in Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow city centre where the chain will open its first restaurant in Scotland. These initial three new restaurants will create 70 new food industry jobs to add to the 130 current Fat Hippo employees working at its two restaurants in Newcastle, plus outlets in Durham, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham.
Fat Hippo also has concessions in Sheffield, Manchester and Edinburgh and plus its street food fleet which travels around the UK.
The managing director of Fat Hippo, Mike Phillips, explained that after opening three new restaurants this summer, the chain is planning to open a new restaurant every few couple of months, doubling its current number of restaurants by the end of 2023 with around 25 new food and drink jobs being created at each venue.