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    Analysis & Insight

    AlixPartners: Gradually building momentum


    Just over a month since restart, it is obvious that the sector’s revival will take time, and sadly it will not include everyone. 

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    Epiris completes CDG acquisition, rebrands as The Big Table


    Private equity firm Epiris has completed a deal to acquire Casual Dining Group.

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    Anand steps down from CDG


    Rooney Anand has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman of Casual Dining Group.

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    Pizza Express to exit up to 75 sites in CVA


    Pizza Express is expected to close up to 75 restaurants as part of a financial restructuring at parent company Hony Capital.

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    Epiris frontrunner to buy CDG


    The former backer of TGI Friday’s is in advanced talks to buy Casual Dining Group, Sky News reports.

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    Elliott Advisors eyes CDG


    American hedge fund Elliott Advisers is among investors vying to take over Casual Dining Group (CDG), Sky News reports.

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    Casual Dining Group appoints administrators


    Casual Dining Group, which operates brands including Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge, has appointed administrators. It said 91 sites would close with immediate effect causing a number of redundancies. The business said in today’s “extreme operating environment it is in the best interests of all stakeholders for the Group to enter administration, to enable the Group to conclude negotiations with landlords regarding the estate.”

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    CDG in sales talks having received “strong expressions of interest”


    Casual Dining Group is in preliminary sales talks with multiple parties having “received strong expressions of interest.”

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    CDG in restructuring talks


    Causal Dining Group is in talks with advisory firm Alixpartners about a financial restructuring to secure the business through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Prezzo appoints advisors


    Prezzo is the latest casual dining name to appoint in advisors to consider its post-coronavirus funding options.

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    ​Steve Gotham: Turning up the heat and other NPD delights


    New product development (NPD) is rightly recognised as a lifeblood for the eating out industry, and MCA’s Menu Tracker offers insights into the latest menu trends and influences across 150 leading operators. This review only serve as a taster, but the three courses have each been accompanied with three key summary insights.    

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    All’s fair in love and restaurants – how did the operators line up to fight for the Valentine’s share of wallet?


    If French is the language of love, then presumably a French restaurant should be where I head with my true love on Valentine’s Day. Certainly, the leading French chains are using several seduction techniques to secure my custom – and for good reason. February is a slow trading month and an event where consumers might be more inclined to loosen the purse strings for fear of having their heart strings damaged, is well worth aiming to capitalise upon. So who offered what on the big day?

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    Analysis & Insight

    Beating the January blues


    There is an easy logic behind the third Monday in January being the most depressing day of the year, despite the underpinning research coming under question. 

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    Gunwharf Quays – Restaurant and retail therapy a plenty!


    With more than 30 bars, cafés and restaurants (as well as over 90 shops) Gunwharf Quays offers an abundance of opportunities for plenty of remedial treatment. Supported by its impressive waterfront location, attractive design and assorted leisure-related reasons to visit, Gunwharf Quays is one of the UK’s finest outlet shopping centres. So amongst some Christmas shopping, I was keen to see how it is using its extensive assortment of Food & Beverage purveyors to both restore weary shoppers as well as to act as a footfall driver in its own right. But also, and more critically, I was keener to see some something new and surprising.

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    The Highs and Lows of Promotions


    In recent weeks I have looked into various elements of economising behaviour by consumers, including targeting low prices and more spending at weekends as opposed to weekdays, today’s focus is on the widely prevalent, yet potentially damaging, practice of promotional activity. Key questions asked include whether its usage is rising, who’s buying into the offers the most and what are the most popular promotion types. The core focus area is the key dinner day-part within the chain restaurant sector and the source of answers is MCA’s consumer tracking service, the Eating Out Panel.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Focus on: French casual dining chains


    For a country associated with such a long established and fine cuisine tradition, it might be considered a little surprising that French food does not have a stronger restaurant chain presence in the UK, but perhaps the two elements of individual flair and multi-site brand consistency are indeed, polemically opposed.

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    Branded restaurant market – green shoots of recovery?


    Turning tables is a long-established practice in the restaurant market, albeit perhaps one more commonly associated with times of more buoyant trading than those currently prevailing. Highlighting just how fast the fortune tables can turn in this market, I was fascinated by some recent MCA analysis looking at physical growth by branded restaurant chains across different portfolio sizes. This year, the estate bracket sub-category that is anticipated to add the most net new sites will be ‘small’ operators. 

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    CDG appoints trio of brand directors


    Casual Dining Group (CDG) has appointed brand directors at Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge as it restructures its senior team formation.

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    Café Rouge to introduce access guides for the disabled


    Café Rouge has announced it will provide disabled people, carers and those with access requirements with detailed access guides for their restaurants.

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    Café Rouge partners with The Prince’s Trust


    Café Rouge has announced The Prince’s Trust will be its new charity partner, following a three-year partnership with the NSPCC.