Analysis

  • Foxlow
    Opinion

    No disgrace in getting things wrong

    2019-06-13T07:48:00Z

    With several well-known names joining the ranks of closures in the past month, MCA contributing editor Peter Martin discuss the impact of choice on the market and why sometimes it’s important to just give something a go.

  • Opinion

    A postcard from Pembrokeshire

    2019-06-14T07:20:00Z

    Not one to let his holiday get in the way of fodder for his columns, MCA market insight director Steve Gotham, gauges the offerings for those on staycation in southwest Wales and highlights some of the more interesting concepts he ate at, in the name of research.

  • Holly Davies
    Opinion

    ’A brand that has been around for a certain amount of time can be both a gift and a curse’

    2019-06-14T07:19:00Z

    The Restaurant Group’s director of product innovation talks to Sarah Sharples at MCA’s sister title Food Spark about dish development at Frankie & Benny’s, why innovation is key to fighting casual dining woes and her hopes for sustainable eating.

  • Burlingtonkitchen
    Opinion

    Four-day weeks: Is four the magic number?

    2019-06-12T07:35:00Z

    With the political debate around a four-day week intensifying and an increasing number of employers adopting it, Jo Bruce talks to hospitality operators who have reduced their team members’ working hours on their experiences of a shorter working week.

  • lunchbox
    Opinion

    We need to talk about lunch…

    2019-06-12T07:34:00Z

    Is the lunch occasion losing some of its specialness? With the average number of lunches eaten out on the decline, MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham delves into some of the data to see what trends could be impacting the numbers.

  • Hicks WR Guests -5
    Opinion

    A Southern state of mind

    2019-06-11T07:38:00Z

    Piper-backed Hickory’s may be about to open only its 10th site in as many years, but the American barbecue concept is looking to fire up its rate of openings. Georgi Gyton finds out more about the business’ success and why it thrives in areas where no one else wants to be.

  • London at night
    Opinion

    An enterprising move or PR exercise?

    2019-06-11T07:38:00Z

    Plans announced last Friday by the Mayor of London to launch Night Time Enterprise Zones may be well meaning, but will they actually work? Andrew Don gauges the opinions of operators in the sector, featuring commentary from The Deltic Group, UKHospitality, Disco Bars Group and the Night Time Industries Association.

  • Lauren Shelley Sandzer
    Opinion

    Why chicken restaurants could rule the roost

    2019-06-10T07:01:00Z

    With a new wave of fried chicken shops opening in the UK in the past few years, Lauren Wellman, leasing agent at Shelley Sandzer, discusses the fundamentals that can make a focused on poultry a smart choice for emerging operators and whether there will be an operator who can steal KFC’s crown.

  • Athenian
    Opinion

    Greek democracy

    2019-06-07T07:58:00Z

    The Athenian, the Greek street food concept, has just secured a prime unit in London Bridge for its eighth site. As part of MCA and Restaurant magazine’s Generation Next series, which celebrates the future stars of hospitality, Neo Christodoulou and Tim Vasilakis discuss bringing souvlaki to the UK.

  • Opinion

    A match made in heaven?

    2019-06-07T07:58:00Z

    Love Island has returned to television screens with Uber Eats as its new headline sponsor – a deal worth a reported £5m. MCA’s Finn Scott-Delany looks at what Uber Eats hopes to get out of the big-ticket deal, and what it means for rivalry in the food delivery market.