Dark Star

Fuller’s acquires Dark Star

20 Feb 2018

Fuller’s is set to enhance its craft beer credentials after acquiring West Sussex-based Dark Star Brewing for an undisclosed sum, MCA has learnt.


Vapiano announces three London openings

20 Feb 2018

Vapiano is to double its London estate with three new openings in 2018, MCA understands.


Barbecoa has gone into administration

19 Feb 2018

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has confirmed its Barbecoa business has gone into administration.

Market Halls

Hallmark of community dining

19 Feb 2018

The three new food halls due to open in London this year under Market Halls could be the next tranche of a long-mooted trend, with 16 food hall proposals in the capital alone. MCA examines the potential

Jamie's Italian interior

Jamie Oliver’s restaurants saw 28% business rates hike

19 Feb 2018

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group has seen business rates rise 28% across its estate in the last year, according to analysis by Colliers.

Ed's Diner

Boparan rebrands Ed’s Easy Diner

16 Feb 2018

Boparan Restaurant Group is rolling out a new name and new design for its Ed’s Easy Diner model, MCA has learnt.

eating sandwiches

Top of Mind poll shows resilience across sector

16 Feb 2018

MCA’s Top of Mind survey – based on interviews with leading figures across the eating and drinking-out sector – has shown a further decline in confidence about the trading environment, with only 25% feeling positive.


Focus on: south east Asian dining concepts

15 Feb 2018 | By Georgi Gyton

Following the announcement that Leon is to open a Thai-inspired ‘fast food’ pop-up within one of its West End stores, in April, MCA took a look at how the market for south east Asian cuisine is performing and what’s expected in 2018

Drinking pints

Sector lfls up 0.6% in January

15 Feb 2018

The Coffer Peach Business Tracker has recorded like-for-like sales (lfls) up 0.6% across its cohort in January compared to the same month last year.

Hamish Stoddart of Peach Pub Company

Peach Pub Company considers its options

14 Feb 2018

Peach Pub Company, the Midlands-based, multiple pub operator, has appointed advisors as it considers its options

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16 Feb 2018

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