All Café Rouge articles

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    Weekend Press

    Cafe Rouge owner needs bigger table for swoop on Chiquito’s and Frankie & Benny’s


    The Big Table Group is in advanced talks to buy the leisure division of The Restaurant Group, the London-listed casual dining operator, Sky News reports

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    Big Table Group: ‘We’re the best capitalised restaurant group in the UK’


    CEO Alan Morgan tells MCA about plans to invest in new sites, roll out Super Nonna and explore conversions for Banana Tree

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    Big Table announces restructure


    As part of the restructure, CEO Alan Morgan has taken on the additional role of managing director at Las Iguanas, with several internal promotions and new appointments made.

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    Café Rouge to roll out new menu


    Following trials at its Rouge pilot sites, The Big Table Group operator said it would roll out the new menu across its estate, with working continuing on new design concepts

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    In pictures: The Big Table debuts Rouge


    The renovated restaurant in Haywards Heath is the first of a select few sites to trial new design concepts and menu options aimed at creating a “more modern and relaxing” dining experience

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    Café Rouge appoints new marketing director


    The Big Table has appointed Lauren Burrill as the new marketing director of its Café Rouge business.

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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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    Analysis & Insight

    ​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.