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    Chopstix: ‘Our app is driving up spend and visit frequency’


    Introduced last summer, the Asian QSR brand has seen its app drive customer spend up by around £1 per transaction, marketing director Rob Burns told Hostech.

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    Abokado appoints administrators


    Healthy to-go brand Abokado has appointed administrators having been unable to reopen the business due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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    Chiktopia relaunches after liquidation


    Chiktopia, the American chicken concept from Abokado founder Mark Lilley, has relaunched as a dark kitchen, after the original business went into liquidation earlier this year, MCA has learnt.

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    Abokado MD steps down


    Abokado managing director Kara Alderin has stepped down to take a role with a national pub group.

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    Deliveroo, Leon, Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks lead the way on NHS fundraisers


    Over the weekend, operators including Deliveroo, Leon Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks launched fundraising campaigns to support NHS staff and frontline workers. 

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    Azzurri shuts entire estate


    Azzurri Group is to close all Ask, Zizzi and Coco di Mama restaurants from today, CEO Steve Holmes has announced.

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    Coronavirus closures continue


    Brasserie Bar Co., JKS Restaurants, Darwin & Wallace, Smith and Wollensky and Cosmo are the latest restaurant and bar groups to close all of their sites in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Delivery promiscuity in a fragmented market


    Casual dining brands are becoming more promiscuous with delivery operators, MCA analysis has revealed.

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    M&A Review of the Year


    It certainly hasn’t been a year in hospitality M&A for the faint hearted, but for those who have stuck with the sector and taken a long-term view, opportunity has knocked. Despite fears of an investor hiatus as a result of lingering uncertainty (ongoing Brexit delays certainly haven’t been helpful to M&A advisors!), the past 12 months has again proved the robustness of the M&A market in this sector, and points to further opportunities for 2020.

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    The Dom Walsh Awards


    Our monthly columnist from The Times hands out his annual awards to brands and operators who have made the past 12 months newsworthy – for better or for worse…

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    ​Armstrong joins Gather & Gather


    Former Patisserie Holdings director of operations Julie Armstrong has joined contract catering company Gather & Gather as head of operations, MCA understands.

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    A culinary postcard from Jordan


    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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    Abokado: ‘small handful’ of underperforming sites could close


    Abokado CEO Mark Lilley has told MCA there are a small handful of underperforming shops in the estate which could be closed over the coming months.

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    Abokado launches CVA after sales decline and fraud


    Healthy eating concept Abokado has launched a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) after suffering a sharp reduction in sales and banking fraud.

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    Rooney Anand joins board at Chiktopia


    Rooney Anand has joined the board at Chiktopia as a non-executive director.

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    Chiktopia lines up first site at Intu Lakeside


    Industry-backed chicken concept Chiktopia has lined up its first site at Intu Lakeside in Essex, for a July opening, MCA has learnt.

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    Abokado to offer edible insects


    Abokado has announced it is the first grab and go chains to offer edible insects.

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    Anuj swaps Abokado for Various Eateries


    Former Abokado head of marketing Vineeta Anuj has joined Various Eateries, MCA understands.

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    Island Poke: 'We are really trying to change the landscape of grab and go'


    Poke has long been considered one to watch, though had yet to make in-roads in the UK – until recently. Leading the charge and looking to redefine lunchtime is Island Poke, whose founder James Gould-Porter speaks to Finn Scott-Delany about establishing the Hawaiian speciality as a new genre of food in London.

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    Island Poke lines up eighth site eight, develops ordering app


    Island Poke, the White Rabbit Fund backed concept, will open its eighth site in the South Bank Place development later this year, while it is preparing to launch a consumer app amid growth of its click and collect business, MCA has learnt.