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    Five Guys to push on with expansion following strong lockdown trading


    Five Guys will push on with its expansion plans despite the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, with at least three new openings set before the end of the year.

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    Dishoom launch vegan at-home kit


    Indian restaurant concept Dishoom has expanded its at-home range with the addition of a vegan sausage naan roll kit. The business launched its first at-home offer – the bacon naan roll kit – during the March lockdown, but following calls from plant-based consumers has created a second kit for its online store. The vegan sausage naan roll kit will include ingredients for two rolls with masala chai, alongside cooking instructions, for £16 including delivery.

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    The Breakfast Club founder: ‘I’m not good enough for us right now’


    The Breakfast Club is recruiting a new managing director to take the business up to 30 sites.

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    Jollibee launches third UK site ahead of 2021 expansion drive


    Jollibee, the Filipino fast food chain, is to open its third UK site this week in Leicester.

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    Selfridges swaps Hemsley + Hemsley for new concept Hive


    London’s Selfridges is set to launch a honey-themed restaurant concept, Hive, next month. Due to open in early December, the concept will replace Hemsley + Hemsley on the building’s third floor and will serve a menu focused around the brand’s on-site-produced honey. Alongside its all-day menu, the restaurant will offer a range of honey and cheese pairings and a cheese and honey afternoon tea experience.

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    Caines preps Exmouth beach bar


    Chef Michael Caines will launch a bar, restaurant, cafe and patisserie in Exmouth as part of the Devon town’s seafront regeneration project.

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    TGI Fridays to launch sister brand 63rd+1st


    TGI Fridays has announced the launch of a new cocktail bar and restaurant brand, 63rd+1st.

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    The Real Greek lines up Bracknell opening


    The Real Greek is set to open its 18th site in The Lexicon in Bracknell next month. Located on 12 Eagle Lane, the 145-cover site will include inside and outside seating and will open with delivery and collection after the month-long lockdown comes to an end in December. According to the Fulham Shore-backed brand, it has “continued to thrive” despite the current crisis, and the new opening follows a period of “sustained demand” throughout 2020.

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    Salt Dog Slims set for Manchester


    Restaurant and bar group GSG Hospitality, previously Graffiti Spirits Group, has secured a site for its second Salt Dogs Slims concept. The new restaurant, located near Manchester’s Northern Quarter and Spinningfields, will be the brand’s first move into the city following its debut site in Liverpool in 2012. Set to open in early 2021, the restaurant will have an ‘appointment only’ underground bar that will require a secret code, as in its Liverpool site, and will serve American style chilli dogs alongside an extensive beer and cocktail selection.

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    McDonald’s cooks up McPlant burger


    McDonald’s is to launch its own meat-free burger the McPlant and launch its own plant-based products.

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    Meatliquor to open in Bloomsbury


    Burger concept Meatliquor is set to open a restaurant in the former Las Iguanas site in London’s Bloomsbury later this month. Just weeks after the now 10-strong restaurant group permanently closed its Kings Cross site, it has announced the new restaurant will open in the district’s Brunswick Centre in two weeks’ time. Initially opening for takeaway-only, when restrictions are lifted the site will have 110 ‘covid-safe’ covers inside, as well as additional outdoor seating on a heated terrace.

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    Sbarro launches first UK site


    US pizza chain Sbarro has opened its first UK site in Birmingham.

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    Vegan pizza chain Purezza set to go global


    Brighton-based vegan pizza concept Purezza has announced global expansion plans after securing £2.4m in funding.

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    Restaurants eye online cooking classes


    Having pivoted to meal kits during lockdown, operators are now eying a new flex – online cooking classes.

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    TRG hopes to move forward with airport sites


    The Restaurant Group is hoping to press ahead with plans to open four new sites in 2021 at Manchester Airport, though opening dates will depend on a return of passenger numbers in the new year, MCA understands.

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    Meatliquor closes Kings Cross


    Burger concept Meatliquor has announced it will be permanently closing its Kings Cross site as the country enters a second lockdown this week.

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    Shake shack debuts in Reading


    Shake Shack is to open its latest delivery only kitchen this week in Reading.

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    McDonald’s to stay open through lockdown


    McDonald’s will keep its entire estate open for takeaway, drive thru and delivery from Thursday, with just its dine-in areas set to close.

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    Tasty: “An extremely difficult year”


    Tasty, which owns the Wildwood brand, has said sales fell £8.7m from £21.1m in the prior year and it made a loss after tax of £11m. It has 48 of its 55-strong estate open. It said 2020 has been an “extremely difficult year which required swift action to mitigate the extraordinary challenges faced. Tasty was quick to react to the Covid-19 outbreak. Whilst the trading environment continues to be extremely challenging and ever-changing, with the additional bank facility and support from our creditors and landlords, we are hopeful that we will be able to navigate our way through these difficult times due to our agility and restructured operational base.”

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    Sales slump by 48%


    Sales in hospitality dropped by 48% in the third quarter of 2020, according to the latest Quarterly Tracker from UK Hospitality and CGA. It’s a fall of £17bn on the same quarter in 2019, and £53.2bn less than the £133.5bn generated in 2019. “This is clearly dreadful news ...