All Cote articles – Page 5

  • Martin Williams, M Restaurants

    Building a brand, not a chain


    M Restaurant founder and former Gaucho MD, Martin Williams, has been outspoken of late about the root cause of the poor performance of many casual dining giants. He has accused them of offering customers a “mediocre offering in a soulless environment”. He talks to James Wallin about his belief in building a brand rather than a chain.

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    An Honest Approach


    This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

  • Bill's

    Fox foots bill for lack of exit


    Mark Fox yesterday became the latest sector head to leave his post, as the shareholders of Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, seemingly lost patience in their search for an exit and looked to ex-Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood to lead the c80-strong business

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    MCA and AlixPartners launch Growth Company Index 2018


    MCA is once again teaming up with leading advisory firm AlixPartners to identify the top 50 private firms with the fastest-growing profits in the UK eating and drinking-out sector.

  • News

    Cote closes J&R in Kingston


    Cote, the BC Partners-backed group, has closed its Jackson & Rye site in Kingston’s Riverside scheme

  • News

    Wingstop closes in on UK debut site


    US chicken concept Wingstop is closing in on securing its first UKsite, with a flagship location in central London being lined up

  • News

    Cote secures RFH site


    Cote, the BC Partners-backed company, has secured a further flagship site in London, at Royal Festival Hall

  • Analysis & Insight

    Mixed pricing strategies across leading operators


    Mixed pricing strategies are being used across the top 10 chain restaurant operators (ranked by turnover), as they try to balance margin pressures and topline growth, new MCA Menu Tracker data has found.

  • News

    Jackson & Rye appoints new ops director


    Jackson & Rye the BC Partners-backed group has appointed Adelle Pearman as its new operations director.

  • News

    Ivy Collection eyes Cardiff opening


    The Ivy Collection, the fast-growing, Richard Caring-backed group, is eyeing an opening in Cardiff

  • News

    The Ivy Collection eyes Brighton opening


    The Ivy Collection, the fast-growing, Richard Caring-backed group, is eyeing an opening in Brighton

  • Miller & Carter

    Top ranked restaurant brands revealed


    Miller & Carter and Cosmo were the top-ranked restaurant brands in MCA’s analysis of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

  • News

    Polu Poke secures debut site


    Polu Poke, the new concept from Celia Farrar, the founder of London’s first poke eatery – Eat Poke, has secured its first standalone site in the City

  • Jamie Oliver

    Oliver decides to twist


    As of this morning, the man who did more than most to build Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire can finally take a break from the constant scrutiny and let others worry about where the business is headed

  • News

    New poke concept set to launch


    Polu Poke, a new concept from Celia Farrar, the founder of London’s first poke eatery – Eat Poke, is set to launch in London later this autumn

  • Opinion

    Caring in the community


    While the majority of the industry has taken its foot off the expansion pedal, the Ivy Collection, the Richard Caring-backed, fledgling restaurant business, is taking the opportunity to build its estate. Executive operations director Yishay Malkov talks to Mark Wingett about what comes next, whether the group is in danger of diluting the iconic restaurant name and how involved its famous backer is

  • Analysis & Insight

    PE remains sector’s growth partner of choice


    Paul Hemming, managing director of AlixPartners, looks in detail at the figures from this year’s Growth Company Index, produced in partnership with MCA. In this article he looks at the enduring influence of private equity on growth companies.

  • News

    Gallagher swaps Cote for TRG


    Andrew Gallagher has stepped down as group marketing director of Cote after a just a year in the role

  • Analysis & Insight

    Future of menu price inflation ain’t what it used to be…


    Menu changes and associated price increases have typically come twice a year. However, as operators face ever more challenging headwinds, is more frequent menu adjustment becoming the new norm? Steve Gotham looks at what the data from MCA’s Menu Tracker can tell us.

  • Opinion

    Inside Track: Bun fight


    Too many burger chains? Too many food and drink outlets? Too many bad location decisions? Or just too many headwinds to cope with? You could probably make an argument for one, two or all of the aforementioned reasons for the sad demise of Handmade Burger Co. What is for sure is that it will have sent a further shiver down the collective spine of a sector already facing up to 12-18 months of fighting in the trenches ahead of it. Mark Wingett reports