Finn joined MCA as news editor in 2016, and before that was business editor at The Argus newspaper. He has a specialist interest in street food concepts, new technology, speciality coffee and beer.
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Steve Moore is in jovial form when we speak a few weeks ahead of the launch of Electric Shuffle.
A year ago, Richard Caring told MCA how Bill’s needed a “bit of love as it got left behind”. With a major refurbishment programme well underway, the investment seems to be paying off. Finn Scott-Delany catches up with Mr Caring and Bill’s executive chairman David Campbell.
Bills Restaurants made a £9.11m loss last year – but has retuned to above market like-for-like sales growth across its estate following a major refurbishment programme, MCA can reveal.
In its latest trading update, Marston’s described reducing its net debt of £1.39bn as its “principal focus”.
The appointment of financial advisors this week shone a fresh spotlight on the precarious situation at Pizza Express. The celebrity figureheads at Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s had already put their crises into the public consciousness, yet the prospect of Pizza Express facing the same woes is an even bigger moment. The brand is credited with creating the concept of casual dining and is the UK’s biggest and most enduringly popular restaurant brand with 490 sites.
With five new openings in November including a second Asian concept in St Paul’s, The Ivy Collection is confidently bringing its aspirational glamour across the UK. Ahead of a busy month, managing director Baton Berisha discusses his workaholic tendencies, executing Richard Caring’s vision, and the group’s unique formula for success.
Ignite, the premium West End operator which was once a favourite of Prince William and Prince Harry, has been taken into administration, MCA understands.
As a subsidiary of the five billion-dollar corporate behemoth Yum! Brands, misty-eyed sentimentality might not be an emotion readily associated with a Pizza Hut refurbishment.
With a model of lucrative sites in statement tourist locations, The Inn Collection Group has its sights set on the lucrative Lake District. Managing director Sean Donkin lays out these plans from the group’s flagship Bamburgh Castle Inn, and explains why he won’t stray from the middle market.
In the early days of Coqfighter, a senior industry peer predicted that soon enough, they would be forced to ditch the vodka from their chicken batter due to mounting costs. The addition was inspired by Heston Blumenthal, with Coqfighter’s executive chef and ‘mad scientist’ Troy Sawyer using it to make the batter lighter and more crispy.
Patisserie Holdings administrator KPMG does not expect to realise any value from the company’s subsidiaries, and has yet realise any money from freehold property or claims against third parties.