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Frites Atelier

Herman plans UK launch for frites concept

21 Apr 2017

Michelin-starred chef Sergio Herman hopes to launch his luxury chip shop brand Frites Atelier in the UK

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Cirrus secures c£22m funding package

21 Apr 2017

Cirrus Inns has secured c£22m of new funding to aid its further growth

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Alchemist secures 10th site, in Chester

19 Apr 2017

The Alchemist, the Palatine Private Equity-backed cocktail bar and restaurant concept, has secured its 10th site, in Chester.

James Liang Hotcha

Hotcha secures first London site

19 Apr 2017

Hotcha, the Chinese takeaway operator, is to open its first site in London this year as part of five further openings for 2017, MCA has learnt.

Antic updates on pipeline

25 Apr 2017

Antic London has updated on its pipeline – with six sites in development to take it to a 50-strong pub estate.

Todd joins Patisserie Valerie

25 Apr 2017

Reuben Todd, who stepped down as group operations director of Ed’s Easy Diner, earlier this year, has joined Patisserie Valerie

Ei partners with Live & Loud

25 Apr 2017

Ei Publican Partnerships has announced a partnership with live music specialists Live&Loud.

Star enhances property repairs service

25 Apr 2017

Star Pubs & Bars has launched an enhanced property repairs service in response to demand from licensees.

OpenTable develops Facebook Messenger bot for online booking

25 Apr 2017

OpenTable has introduced its services to Facebook Messenger, which allows diners to make reservations through the site’s chat extensions feature

The Attendant secures third London site

25 Apr 2017

The Attendant has secured its third site in London, as it explores further expansion in the capital

Investment acquisition of Jamie’s Italian, Bristol

25 Apr 2017

A private investor has completed the acquisition of 87-89 Park Street, Bristol for £2.95m in an off-market transaction

Philpotts Spinningfields

Patisserie Holdings launches new Philpotts format

25 Apr 2017

Patisserie Holdings has launched an evolved version of Philpotts, its sandwich shop chain, in Manchester

Bookatable to integrate with Apple Maps

25 Apr 2017

Bookatable, the online booking platform from Michelin, has announced it will integrate with Apple Maps

Balding joins Deliveroo to aid Editions expansion

25 Apr 2017

Marc Balding has joined Deliveroo as a property consultant to help oversee the expansion of its kitchen-only Editions format

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Not missing a trick

24 Apr 2017

Franco Manca translates as “Franco’s missing”, but under the careful watch of industry veteran David Page, you could hardly accuse the pizza concept from passing up any chances to stay ahead of the category it has been shaking up since its launch in 2008. Mark Wingett takes a look at the winner of the Best Concept Award at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards and parent company Fulham Shore.

Wagamama’s silver anniversary

21 Apr 2017

Wagamama first opened for business, in Bloomsbury, London, on 22 April 1992. To mark its 25th anniversary this weekend, chief executive David Campbell sent a message to the company’s growing family of 169 restaurants in 20 territories worldwide

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Where are the next M&A deals?

18 Apr 2017

The Government has thrown many obstacles at pub operators from Brexit, the introduction of the national living wage, the market-rent-only (MRO) option and a new tax on soft drinks. Peter Hansen gives us his expert view on the market and his advice on the possibility of future M&A activity

Hungry Horse exterior

Pub brands ring changes on regional menu pricing

10 Apr 2017

MCA’s Menu Tracker has given Steve Gotham the opportunity to look at the latest menu releases by top leading pub chains Hungry Horse and JD Wetherspoon

David McDowall, managing director of BrewDog Bars, Publican Awards 2015 winner, discusses the next stage of the fast-growing brand's development

BrewDog: From young pup to big beast

03 Apr 2017

Known for its unorthodox approach to fundraising and marketing in its early days, 10 years down the line craft beer brewer BrewDog has matured into a successful international company. But, that doesn’t mean the firm has become more conformist, as ‘navigator’ David McDowall explains to Mel Flaherty

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