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  • Reds True Barbecue

    Veg true barbecue


    Red’s True Barbecue is not a restaurant concept that fits well into the all-pervasive vegan/vegetarian mega-trend Meat-centric American barbecue has fallen out of favour among UK consumers in an uncanny correlation with the rise of plant based food. Red’s meanwhile may have been responsible for some mischievous, not altogether complimentary ...

  • Gordon Ramsay

    Diary: Gordon Ramsay Group; Bompas & Parr, Market Halls and Santo Remedio


    Diary returns with all the latest scurrilous rumours and gossip, including the possibility of some clarity over senior changes at Gordon Ramsay Group; news of a high-profile chef eyeing up the UK as well as couple of twits.

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    Diary: TGI; Loungers; Revolution Bars and #LIVEYOURLIFEDAY


    In this week’s Diary we look at how TGI Friday’s Fast Track initiative is faring, get an update on Loungers’ pipeline and find out about Samuel Smith’s latest branding work (no, seriously).

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    Diary: Young’s; Strada; BrewDog and Live Your Life Day


    In this week’s Diary, we get an update on Young’s Burger Shack rollout; get some wise words on how to survive an onslaught from Jay Raynor and introduce the UK’s first Mezcaleria

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    Diary: GK; Drake & Morgan; Turtle Bay; and Clive Watson


    In this week’s Diary we ask how many Clive Watsons it takes to complete a pub deal, have a look at the new Drake & Morgan site and find out where you can find out which city spends the most on beer.

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    Diary: Pret, Deltic, Enterprise Inns and St Austell


    In this week’s Diary we hear about some ‘interesting’ results from Pret’s evenings trial, look at trends in the late-night sector and get Rupert Clevely’s first impressions of the debut site he will develop with Enterprise Inns. All that and some truly awful beer and music-related puns

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    Diary: PizzaExpress; BrewDog; Heineken and McMullen


    This week’s Diary reveals more about PizzaExpress’ fledgling delivery arm; finds out what BrewDog’s American revolution will look like and finds out who is in the frame to be the new BBPA chair

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    Diary: TGI; Oakman Inns; Costa and M&B


    In this week’s Diary we reveal more on a key vacancy at TGI Friday’s; review a busy year at Oakman Inns; look at why McDonald’s is taking the long-term view and find out why Mitchells & Butlers has been urged to bring one of the country’s oldest pubs into the 21st century:

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    Diary: Fuller’s; Burger & Lobster; ETI


    In this week’s Diary we find out what impact Fuller’s has had on The Stable one year on; get a three-word analysis on the future for tenanted pub operators and find out which part of the country has the most generous diners

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    Diary: Alan Yau; Pret A Manger and JDW


    In this week’s Diary section, Alan Yau talks about his plans for a ‘Chinese McDonald’s’ concept, Pret CEO Clive Schlee blogs about trading in Paris and JDW gets a less than warm welcome from its new customers…

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    Diary: Luminar; Fuller's; Pret A Manger and McDonald's


    This week’s Diary includes trading updates from the bank holiday weekend (and some truly eggs-cruciating Easter puns); reveals how David Bruce almost turned down $2.1m because he thought it was an April Fool’s joke and introduces the Head of World….

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    Diary: PizzaExpress, La Tasca, BII, Columbo Group


    In this week’s Diary we report on a worrying decline in customer satisfaction, La Tasca taking further digital steps, Neil Morrissey prepares another pub venture and fashion tips with the BII

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    Diary: Amber Taverns, Black Dog, Update 1 and Pug Pubs


    This week’s Diary includes James Baer on Alsatians, Black Dog’s connection to George Best, a Hungarian model and Daniel Thwaites’ director of pubs on “clutter” Gone to the dogs Pub operations managers were treated to a masterclass of ideas and inspiration from some of the industry’s leaders at yesterday’s PubOpsClub ...

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    Diary: Cafe Rouge, Greene King, Leon and Adnams


    This week’s Diary includes another incarnation of Café Rouge, Adnams’ award-winning spirits, Greene King’s remuneration and Leon considers television. Another new take on Rouge The Café Rouge at Villiers Street, near Charing Cross Station, was the final attempt at evolving the brand launched under the stewardship of Graham Turner. ...

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    Diary: Giraffe, Five Guys & Giggling Squid


    This week’s Diary includes Russel and Juliette Joffe’s plans after stepping down from Giraffe, Five Guys’ anniversary, Alan Yau on the streets of London and Ed’s scaled-down concept

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    Diary: Greene King, Burger & Lobster, Cabana, Esquire


    This week’s Diary includes Greene King’s five-year plan, tasty turnover at Burger & Lobster, Turtle Bay putting employees through their paces and a movie star making your latte

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    Diary: ASK Italian, Loungers, Square Pie, BrewDog


    This week’s Diary includes mystery surrounding the new pubs minister, BrewDog’s seaside jaunt, Square Pie’s success, and a royal encounter for Loungers’ Alex Reilley

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    Diary: Tragus, Spirit, Domino's, Stonegate


    This week’s Diary includes BrewDog’s dogged expansion, Barber giving more fundraising details, Domino’s going voice-activated, and where next for the Strada estate? Single site scramble While the futures of Café Rouge and Bella Italia will become clearer on Friday, the next stage in the life span of Strada ...

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    Diary: Orchid, Enterprise Inns, Loungers, Vapiano


    This week’s Diary includes more on the Orchid sales process, the initial feedback on Enterprise’s first managed site, another award for Loungers and renewed pressure for pubco reform

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    Diary: Five Guys, Wahaca, Loungers, Starbucks


    This week’s Diary includes further fallout from NAMA, Five Guys on the expansion trail, Starbucks ramping up its UK expansion and those impressionable guys at Loungers