All Chop’d articles – Page 2

  • Puttshack

    Social Entertainment Ventures strengthens management team


    Social Entertainment Ventures (SEV), the operator of Bounce and Puttshack, has strengthened its management team with the appointment of a chief financial officer and an operations director, MCA has learnt.

  • Salad
    Analysis & Insight

    Could healthy eating trend be losing traction?


    Five of the top 10 healthier eating chains have seen outlet growth remain static or decline during 2018, as estates are consolidated in the wake of wider market pressures, according to the latest data from MCA.

  • Ed Loftus
    Analysis & Insight

    Interview with an innovator: Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group’s Ed Loftus


    The group F&B director talks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about his hopes that more frequent menu changes, including experimental and regional dishes, will help get more customers through the door, and how he’s trying to drive sales volumes away from beef.

  • Chop logo

    Chop’d doubles up in Manchester with Selfridges


    Chop’d, the Eddie Holmes-led salad bar chain, has strengthened its partnership with Selfridges with the opening of a new unit in the department store’s Manchester branch.

  • Simon French

    The winds of change


    Sector analyst Simon French looks at the key trends affecting the eating and drinking-out sector in 2018, including the increasing importance of convenience and effective use of technology. He also discusses the differing approaches of some of the industry’s most notable investors, and why argues that now is not the time for operators to ease up on innovation.

  • Gordon Ker

    Blacklock confirms Shoreditch opening


    Blacklock, the fledgling chop house concept, has confirmed it will open its third site in the capital, in Shoreditch. The new restaurant on the former Rivington Bar & Grill site will open at the end of next month/start of October. The company’s biggest site to date, it will feature 95 ...

  • Opinion

    Summer reading


    With August fast approaching and many sectors leaders heading for their summer break, MCA caught up with a few of them to gauge their impressions of the year so far. Discussing their thoughts on successes, surprises and challenges of 2018, and their predictions for the closing months, as well as countering some misconceptions about the sector are: TGI Fridays’ Karen Forrester, Gerry Carroll of Hawthorn Leisure, Amber Taverns’ James Baer, Nick Collins of Loungers, Bistrot Pierre’s Nick White, Simon Potts of the Alchemist and Scott Collins of MEATliquor, among others.

  • Chopd

    Chop'd 'ready to grow' after consolidation


    Chop’d investor director Simon French told MCA the brand is in a position to grow from a consolidated platform after closing two sites and a tough 2017.

  • News

    Hall swaps Noble Inns for Blacklock


    Joad Hall has joined Blacklock, the fledgling chop house concept, as its first “people chief”.

  • News

    Brigadiers details revealed


    Brigadiers, JKS Restaurants’ Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern, has been confirmed for a May opening at Bloomberg Arcade, as first flagged up by MCA in May 2017.

  • News

    Arc appoints Lowery


    Arc Inspirations has appointed former Revolutions Bar Group UK acquisitions manager Nik Lowery as property director.

  • News

    HiLo closes site to focus on wholesale


    HiLo, the grab and go lunch pot concept by Chop’d founder Jasper Wight, has closed its single site in the City to concentrate on wholesale, MCA has learnt.

  • Vegan food
    Analysis & Insight

    Momentum in vegan trend merits greater recognition


    Veganism is one of the UK’s fastest growing lifestyle trends, but how can operators capitalise on its popularity and what is currently stopping them? MCA’s Steve Gotham reports.

  • Analysis & Insight

    The leaner restaurateur


    The instant success of Blacklock makes founder Gordon Ker’s transition from lawyer to restaurateur seem easy – though it was far from it. In the latest series of our Founders’ Forum Focus series, he tells MCA how he turned a damp-infested brothel into one of the most sought-after restaurants in London. Finn Scott-Delany reports

  • News

    Graffiti Spirits and Ghetto Golf to launch in Birmingham


    Graffiti Spirits, the Liverpool based restaurant and bar operator, is looking to get a foothold in Birmingham after teaming with experiential concept Ghetto Golf to launch in the city.

  • The panel at Restaurant Conference

    Building the next generation of branded operators


    Building the next generation of restaurant brands was the theme for a reflection on the future of the industry at our recent Restaurant Conference. Operators of and investors in emerging brands talked about efforts to establish themselves and to grow in a challenging marketplace

  • News

    Compass to open sixth site


    Scottish hospitality group Compass is set to open its sixth site.

  • News

    MealPal secures $20m investment for UK expansion


    MealPal, the US-based lunch subscription start-up, has secured $20m in Series B funding to accelerate its growth in the UK, as well as other overseas markets.

  • Mealpal

    MealPal to launch in Manchester


    MealPal, the monthly lunch subscription service, is to begin its expansion in the UK next week by launching in Manchester

  • News

    Compass launches first public facing site


    Compass Group UK & Ireland, has launched the first public facing site of its Caffé Dallucci brand