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  • Abokado
    News

    Abokado appoints administrators

    2020-10-19T10:13:00Z

    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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    News

    Chiktopia relaunches after liquidation

    2020-08-13T07:23:00Z

    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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    News

    Abokado MD steps down

    2020-07-15T10:13:00Z

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

  • Deliveroo rider
    News

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

    2020-03-30T11:41:00Z

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

  • Coco-di-Mama
    News

    Azzurri shuts entire estate

    2020-03-19T08:27:00Z

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

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    News

    Coronavirus closures continue

    2020-03-18T15:11:00Z

    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.

  • Delivery
    Analysis & Insight

    Delivery promiscuity in a fragmented market

    2020-02-20T08:40:00Z

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

  • Greene King
    News

    M&A Review of the Year

    2019-12-16T08:08:00Z

    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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    News

    The Dom Walsh Awards

    2019-12-11T08:17:00Z

    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…

  • Gather and Gather
    News

    ​Armstrong joins Gather & Gather

    2019-11-05T07:51:00Z

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

  • Hummous/Hummus/Humus
    News

    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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    News

    Abokado: ‘small handful’ of underperforming sites could close

    2019-09-26T06:56:00Z

    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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    News

    Abokado launches CVA after sales decline and fraud

    2019-09-10T07:07:00Z

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

  • Rooney Anand
    News

    Rooney Anand joins board at Chiktopia

    2019-07-25T13:30:00Z

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

  • Chiktopia Shield Logo Trademark
    News

    Chiktopia lines up first site at Intu Lakeside

    2019-05-14T16:48:00Z

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

  • News

    Abokado to offer edible insects

    2019-05-14T07:37:00Z

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

  • Vineeta Anuj
    News

    Anuj swaps Abokado for Various Eateries

    2019-04-30T07:27:00Z

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

  • Island Poke
    Opinion

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

    2019-04-25T07:59:00Z

    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.

  • Island Poke
    News

    Island Poke lines up eighth site eight, develops ordering app

    2019-04-10T07:29:00Z

    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.

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    Opinion

    'The banks are running scared of casual dining'

    2019-03-14T08:34:00Z

    ThinCats, the alternative finance lender, has backed Flat Iron, Abokado and Wright & Bell. Dave Sherrington, regional head of sales, talks to MCA about how the sector is emerging from the worst of the downturn, and why the fintech company will continue to back hospitality concepts as traditional lenders have retreated.