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    October 2019

    2019-10-21T09:37:00Z

    By the end of this month Brexit could be underway and what that means for the hospitality business remains to be seen, but there have been plenty of other issues to write about this month, from the national living wage to the price differential at Deliveroo. We also have interviews with the Ivy Collection MD Baton Berisha, Yo! CEO Richard Hodgson and a profile of Mosaic Pub and Dining.
    Meanwhile, Peter Martin looks at Manchester’s first Michelin star for 40 years, Dominic Walsh ruminates on the rabid rantings to be found on Twitter and David Read examines the multiple cost pressures adding up for the industry.
    It’s also been a busy month for events, and there is a comprehensive round-up of the Restaurant Conference as well as pictures from MCA’s networking events, Directors Club and FD Leaders. And there is a round-up of new openings and people moves.

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    The restaurants moving into food-to-go

    2019-10-21T07:25:00Z

    Attracting the crowds for weekday lunches can be hard so many are turning to grab and go and customisable offerings, including Mac & Wild and Freak Scene, MCA’s sister title Food Spark reports.

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    Nando’s lines up Nino express format in Clapham

    2019-10-21T07:25:00Z

    Nando’s is to launch a third London site under its Nando’s Nino express format, aimed at takeaway and delivery, MCA’s sister title Big Hospitality reports.

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    Johnson revives sale plan for Gail’s

    2019-10-21T07:23:00Z

    Entrepreneur Luke Johnson is reviving plans for a sale of Gail’s Bakery, Sky News reports.

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    Fazenda turnover up but profits down after two new openings

    2019-10-21T07:23:00Z

    City District, the operator of premium Brazilian steakhouse Fazenda, has increased its turnover but narrowed profits after opened two new restaurants last year.

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    Hedge funds circle Pizza Express

    2019-10-21T07:22:00Z

    Hedge fund CarVal is one of a number of money managers that has bought into Pizza Express’s heavily discounted corporate bonds, The Daily Telegraph reports.

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    Just Eat reports 25% revenue growth in Q3

    2019-10-21T07:22:00Z

    Just Eat has reported revenue growth up 25% to £247.5m in Q3 2019.

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    Chick-fil-A to leave the UK

    2019-10-18T15:25:00Z

    Chick-fil-A is to exit the UK once its six-month lease expires. The US chicken shop opened its doors last weekend but was dogged by negative publicity around suggestions it’s anti-LGBTQ. The long running controversy is the result of comments made by COO Dan Cathy in 2012 in favour ...

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    Rare Restaurants appoints new group CFO

    2019-10-18T07:30:00Z

    Rare Restaurants, the operator of Gaucho and M Restaurants, has appointed Rob Dawson as group chief financial officer, MCA understands.

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    Analysts’ verdict: Goodbody on Domino’s

    2019-10-18T07:30:00Z

    Domino’s decision to exit its international markets should be well received by investors, according to Rachel Fox, gaming and leisure analyst at Goodbody.

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    Winnow secures £15m to tackle food waste

    2019-10-18T07:30:00Z

    Winnow, the artificial intelligence platform for cutting food waste, has completed a series B round of funding worth £9.3m.

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    Tortilla teams up with SSP

    2019-10-18T07:28:00Z

    Tortilla has signed a development agreement with SSP Group, which will see the Mexican fast-casual brand open five travel hub sites within the next year.

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    Byron brews up partnership with Paddy & Scott’s

    2019-10-17T10:01:00Z

    Byron has teamed up with Paddy and Scott’s to boost its coffee offer. The roll out will begin in their new look branded site High Street Kensington in November. The coffee will be on offer alongside Byron’s new brunch menu. It will then roll out across the Byron estate. “We are delighted to introduce Paddy and Scott’s into Byron,” said Byron CEO Simon Wilkinson.

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    Domino’s delivers ‘solid’ performance

    2019-10-17T07:05:00Z

    Domino’s has hailed a “solid” performance as it released a Q3 trading update for the 13 weeks to 29 September 2019.

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    A culinary postcard from Jordan

    2019-10-17T07:05:00Z

    One of the greatest attributes of the UK casual dining scene is its sheer diversity and multi-cultural richness. It has been supported by a long history of international migration and more recently, by assorted entrepreneurs looking to bring a taste of their childhood to their relocated adulthood (for example, Tony Kitous at Comptoir Libanais and Nisha Katona at Mowgli) and by inspired travellers looking to replicate assorted food and beverage delights on their return home (not least Mark Lilley at Abokado and Stephen and Juliette Wall at Pho).

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    Bills posts £9.1m loss for 2018; lfls boost following refurb programme

    2019-10-17T07:05:00Z

    Bills Restaurants made a £9.11m loss last year – but has retuned to above market like-for-like sales growth across its estate following a major refurbishment programme, MCA can reveal.

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    CMA will continue to investigate Deliveroo and Amazon deal

    2019-10-16T14:19:00Z

    The CMA has launched an official Phase 1 investigation into Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo. The investigation will try to establish whether the deal would create a lessening of competition in the UK food delivery market. If the CMA does reach that conclusion, Amazon and Deliveroo could offer compromises in order to appease the CMA’s concerns. If it can’t, a Phase 2 investigation could start and potentially block the deal altogether.

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    Negative feedback on food increases

    2019-10-16T07:46:00Z

    Consumer expectations around food quality in pubs and bars have soared between February and September 2019, according to the latest data from online review specialist, Feed It Back

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    Megan’s lines up seventh site

    2019-10-16T07:45:00Z

    All-day brunch restaurant Megan’s, backed by Tossed founder Vincent McKevitt, is to open its seventh London site in January 2020.

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    Twitter founder launches POS for restaurants

    2019-10-16T07:45:00Z

    Square, the payments provider from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, has launched a point of sale (POS) platform for restaurants.