Central Cross, Chinatown

Central Cross to be a new halo location for restaurants

25 Apr 2017

Shaftesbury is progressing a £15m development at the eastern gateway to Chinatown that will create a 48,000sq ft mixed-use scheme

Westgate Oxford

Westgate Oxford unveils more operators

24 Apr 2017

Westgate Oxford has confirmed more operators for its £440m development, which will open in October.

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

Cirrus pub

Cirrus secures c£22m funding package

21 Apr 2017

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

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.

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Franco Manca exterior

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

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

Wildwood

Market towns not so Tasty

30 Mar 2017

The sobering full-year update from Tasty, the Kaye family-backed operator of the Wildwood and Dim T brands earlier this week, was the first one that I think gave a truer reflection of where the market actually is, with the real hard yards set to kick in

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