Dominic Walsh has covered the leisure and drinks sectors for The Times for 20+ years and writes exclusively for MCA in business to business press. He previously worked at the Guardian and Sunday Business, having studied classics (and golf) at the University of St Andrews.
The legacy of Andy McCue’s truncated time as chief executive of The Restaurant Group is, as well all know, the £559m acquisition of Wagamama. When the deal squeaked through last year, there was widespread scepticism over the longevity of its stellar like-for-like sales growth.
The rags to riches story of Comptoir Libanais founder Tony Kitous is inspirational – and, as Dominic Walsh discovers, he is worthy of such good fortune. But the Algerian still has big plans including the openings of more Comptoirs and Shawas, using the £8m war chest gleaned from a recent IPO
The online takeaway service Just Eat has achieved great things in its time and is allowing takeaways nationwide to compete with the likes of Domino’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. However, Dominic Walsh cannot take its £1.5bn IPO seriously. He also asks what’s going on with Orchid’s sale process
He may not have Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin stars, but Jamie Oliver’s more down to earth approach to food is looking increasingly likely to turn the Essex-born chef with the boyish banter into the global phenomenon his foul-mouthed rival once dreamed of creating for himself