Wahaca: Back from the brink

20 Feb 2017

Admired by fellow operators and loved by consumers, Wahaca was gearing up to celebrate 10 years of success when it was hit by a norovirus outbreak last November. Co-founder Mark Selby talks to Mark Wingett about how the group is recovering and what it has learnt along the way.

Franco Manca to double up in Brighton

24 Feb 2017

Franco Manca is to double up in Brighton after securing a site at the city’s marina, MCA has learnt.

Telepizza acquires Pizza Blitz

24 Feb 2017

Telepizza, the largest pizza delivery company outside of the USA, has entered into a binding agreement to buy Swiss delivery brand, Pizza Blitz.

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TGI Fridays went into decline after staff 'stopped believing'

24 Feb 2017

TGI Fridays chief executive Karen Forrester has said the company went through a period of “soul searching” last year

Dabbous to close as owners plan new project

24 Feb 2017

Michelin-starred Fitzrovia restaurant Dabbous is to close as owners Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg begin work on a “major new project” for late 2017/early 2018

Caravan set for Fitzrovia

24 Feb 2017

Caravan, the highly-regarded restaurant, bar and coffee roasting concept, is set to open in London’s Fitzrovia

Five Guys takes Cheshire Oaks site

24 Feb 2017

Five Guys UK, the better burger brand, is to open a site at Cheshire Oaks

Caco & Co begins expansion in the capital

23 Feb 2017

Caco & Co is set to begin its expansion in the capital, with openings lined up in Southwark and in Farringdon

Tamarind Collection launching two new sites

23 Feb 2017

The Tamarind Collection is launching two new sites as well as temporarily closing its flagship restaurant for a major refurbishment and expansion, MCA has learnt.

Duck & Waffle team to launch Local concept

23 Feb 2017

The team behind Duck & Waffle is to open a new “fast casual, chef-curated” concept, Duck & Waffle Local.

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Fox starts to leave prints on Bill’s

22 Feb 2017

It is less than a year into his stewardship of the Richard Caring-backed group and Mark Fox has been busy putting in place the foundations to make sure the company can return to the expansion trail in better shape than it left it, while also getting ready to take a bite out of the grab-and-go market


Ramen home a good idea

20 Jan 2017 | By Mel Flaherty

When Emma Reynolds began a noodle business with her flatmate, she never expected the potential to be realised so quickly and in such an impressive manner. Mel Flaherty catches up with the former microbiology student

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Jamie opens a can of worms

13 Jan 2017 | By Dominic Walsh

News this month that Jamie Oliver was to shut six of his restaurants was met with a wave of criticism of the celebrity chef and the suggestion that Brexit might have played a part. Dominic Walsh reports


Inside track: Byng bows out from Byron

08 Dec 2016 | By Mark Wingett

Tom Byng will step down from Byron, the brand he founded in 2007, early next year to “pursue various exciting ventures”. He leaves a concept he created as a now £80m-turnover business, with backer Hutton Collins turning to a new chief executive and chairman, both of which are experienced in operating established brands, that they hope will now cement Byron’s credentials as a national brand and one that eventually has an international presence.

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Meyer on Trump

11 Nov 2016

In a lengthy letter to staff across his Union Square Hospitality estate, Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer gives his view on the election of Donal Trump as President.

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