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    Middle Eastern promises: James Walters on Arabica KX

    2019-10-21T07:26:00Z

    James Walters has opened a second incarnation of his Levantine-inspired restaurant concept Arabica. A lot has changed, but what remains is the chef’s determination to steadily evolve the brand

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    How to give hospitality the personal touch

    2019-10-18T07:30:00Z

    Using machine learning and AI could deliver huge benefits to hospitality, but there are challenges. MCA and Punchh brought together marketing and IT directors to discuss how best to do it.

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    Steve Moore: ‘The development never goes away. It starts on day one, it doesn’t finish on day one.’

    2019-10-18T07:28:00Z

    Steve Moore is in jovial form when we speak a few weeks ahead of the launch of Electric Shuffle.

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    Richard Caring: 'We’re fighters. We’ll make it work by investing in the business.'

    2019-10-17T07:05:00Z

    A year ago, Richard Caring told MCA how Bill’s needed a “bit of love as it got left behind”. With a major refurbishment programme well underway, the investment seems to be paying off. Finn Scott-Delany catches up with Mr Caring and Bill’s executive chairman David Campbell.

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    Why Pizza Express is worth saving

    2019-10-14T07:31:00Z

    There are many theories why Pizza Express, the largest casual dining chain in the UK with 490 sites, has slid into such a massive pile of debt.

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    AlixPartners: Cause for cautious optimism

    2019-10-14T07:31:00Z

    The M&A market for UK restaurant operators remains cautious, with distressed situations making up the majority of activity. However, several high-profile transactions completed in 2019, with investors still willing to pay a premium price in certain circumstances, says AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith

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    The Ivy Collection: ‘We have a formula that works’

    2019-10-08T07:54:00Z

    With five new openings in November including a second Asian concept in St Paul’s, The Ivy Collection is confidently bringing its aspirational glamour across the UK. Ahead of a busy month, managing director Baton Berisha discusses his workaholic tendencies, executing Richard Caring’s vision, and the group’s unique formula for success.

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    Mosaic: A picture of health

    2019-10-07T07:37:00Z

    Having reached close to 30 sites over the past four years, Georgi Gyton met with the joint chief executives of Mosaic Pub & Dining to find out more about the pub operator’s growth so far and what the future holds.

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    ​Generation Next: Berto Pasta

    2019-10-02T07:26:00Z

    The team behind boundary-stretching pizza concept Zia Lucia have now set their sights on pasta with the launch of Berto. Founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo discuss how they are innovating with pasta just as they have with pizza.

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    Slim Chickens: ‘We now want to do a whole lot more’

    2019-09-27T07:30:00Z

    The UK is not short of US-imported fast casual restaurant concepts – Five Guys, Wahlburgers, Shake Shack and Wingstop to name just a few contemporary examples.

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    Woods: ‘Proper innovation can be a game-changer for growth’

    2019-09-25T07:46:00Z

    Innovation is not just about developing new things, it’s about developing things that customers actually want – and there is a big difference, according to Emma Woods, chief executive of Wagamama.

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    Berenberg on JD Wetherspoon

    2019-09-25T07:45:00Z

    The crux of investor debate on JD Wetherspoon (JDW) centres on whether it can convert its continued impressive like-for-like (lfl) sales momentum into meaningful profit growth in FY20 and beyond, says analyst Berenberg. And it thinks JDW can.

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    Can burger sales stay strong in the face of increasing alternatives?

    2019-09-24T07:55:00Z

    Despite growing food adventurism, the proliferation of diverse cuisines and the ongoing rise of plant-based offerings, beef burgers still account for one in nine of every dinner consumed outside the home. Sales are also in year on year growth. As such, it is difficult to argue with leading US restaurateur, Danny Meyer, who said: “At the base level, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it. It’s simple but it seems to make a lot of people happy.”

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    Murdoch: ‘You have to take action – nobody likes a ditherer’

    2019-09-23T07:06:00Z

    One of the most important attributes of a leader is the ability to take decisive action, according to Alasdair Murdoch, chief executive of Burger King UK.

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    Thinking outside the lunch box

    2019-09-20T07:35:00Z

    Lunch visits are falling in frequency, but are there ways restaurants can work around, or with, this change in customer habits? Tony Naylor puts his thoughts on paper for MCA’s sister title Restaurant.

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    Berenberg on City Pub Group

    2019-09-20T07:35:00Z

    City Pub Group’s (CPG) H1 results showed “impressive top-line momentum”, said analysts at Berenberg, after the pub operator reported sales were up 36% year-on-year.

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    What makes a Tuesday Purple?

    2019-09-18T07:27:00Z

    Hospitality and retail are two of the sectors that offer the least positive and accessible experiences for disabled customers. Holly Addison, head of hospitality, travel and consumer digital at executive recruitment firm Odgers Berndtson, calls on the sector to make commit to change as part of Purple Tuesday.

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    Costs: the great balancing act

    2019-09-18T07:26:00Z

    Increasing costs are a fact of life for businesses and those that take a proactive approach often reap the rewards. Everyone is trying to control and, if possible, reduce business costs and protect margins, however, as Steve Braude and Julia Windsor at AlixPartners argue, more could be done to strike the right balance between making savings and damaging guest experience.

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    Brandwatch: TGI Friday’s

    2019-09-17T07:20:00Z

    It’s not immune to the struggles in the casual dining market but TGI Friday’s has ploughed on with a steady programme of openings. So what is the the journey of the brand in the UK, how it is performing against the wider market and what does it have planned for the future?

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    JP Morgan on JD Wetherspoon

    2019-09-16T07:28:00Z

    JD Wetherspoon’s (JDW) profit outlook does not justify its current multiple, according to the latest analysts note on the operator from JP Morgan.