All Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) articles

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    Boparan acquires GBK in pre-pack


    Boparan Restaurant Group has acquired the Gourmet Burger Kitchen burger brand and 35 trading sites in a pre-pack administration.

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    Sales plummet at GBK


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen system-wide like-for-like sales fell 66.2% for the six months to 27 August 2020, parent company Famous Brands has reported.

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    GBK enters sales process


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen parent company Famous Brands has initiated a sales process for the chain. Last month, the South Africa-based group said it was continuing to explore “all options” to ensure the long-term sustainability of the brand in light of the coronavirus crisis, but has since decided to let go of the business.

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    Dominic Walsh: Casual dining one of ‘big losers’ of pandemic


    It used to be so simple. Come up with a restaurant concept and a brand, open one restaurant, then a second, then aim for five outlets then ten and 20, and if it’s still working, press the button on a nationwide rollout. Well, something like that, anyway.

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    GBK exploring all options for long-term sustainability


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen parent company Famous Brands has said it is continuing to explore “all options” to ensure the long-term sustainability of the better burger brand in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

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    Dominic Walsh: On not-so-Super Saturday and the pain that’s yet to come


    If anyone thought that July 4 would bring down the curtain on the 15-week coronavirus purdah, they were soon disabused of the notion. Super Saturday was – like the weather – something of a damp squib. While some of the big pub companies opened as many as 80% to 85% of their estates on day one, research by CGA suggests that only 45% of hostelries opened their doors on Independence Day.

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    Capdesia backs Marugame Udon Europe JV


    Global noodle brand, Marugame Udon, will launch in London next year as part of a newly formed a joint venture between Shoryu Ramen backer Toridoll Holdings Corporation and Wasabi backer Capdesia Group.

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    Sector sees another week of reopenings


    MCA rounds up the latest reopenings in the hospitality sector. 

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    GBK and Azzurri reportedly appoint advisors


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Azzurri Group have reportedly appointed advisors to assess their options going forward through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Famous Brand will no longer finance GBK


    Famous Brands, the South Africa-based group, has said it will no longer fund its loss-making Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) restaurants in the UK.

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    Loyalty, promotional planning and driving footfall


    To discuss their contrasting approaches to data collection, MCA welcomed digital and marketing leaders from a range of operators for a roundtable discussion, in association with Punchh.

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    Bangkok bounce back?


    Once the darling of the Thai restaurant scene, Busaba has had a tough few years, with falling profits and site closures. Now with a simplified offer and a fresh focus on the capital, it’s looking to bounce back

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    Bababoom: ‘People aren’t rebelling against chains, they’re rebelling against bad value’


    Having established two profitable restaurants, and raised close to a million pounds in crowdfunded investment, Eve Bugler is ready to take Bababoom to a prime site London. 

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    Branded restaurants with strongest sales growth offer least promotions


    Top 25 branded restaurants offer seven promotions on average per brand, but those with the strongest sales growth offer an average of three, the MCA’s latest Operator Index has revealed. 

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    Turtle Bay appoints new CFO and head of people


    Caribbean restaurant and bar group, Turtle Bay, makes two senior appointments to its executive team.

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    Bababoom passes £400k crowdfund target


    Bababoom, the contemporary kebab restaurant, has passed its crowdfunding target of £400,000, and will keep the raise open.

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    Change is happening everywhere


    Seismic shifts are sweeping through the sector thanks to a combination of M&A, technological developments and consumer behaviour. Who knows what’s going to happen next?

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    Nadauld departs GBK as losses narrow


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) managing director Derrian Nadauld has left his role to return to parent company Famous Brands in South Africa, MCA understands.

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    GBK sees lfls up 8.6% on back of previous decline


    Gourmet Burger Kitchen UK (GBK) has achieved a like-for-like sales (lfls) increase of 8.6% for the 26 weeks to 25 August 2019. This follows a 9.7% decline seen in the comparable period last year.

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    Sukhothai undergoes partial MBO


    Thai casual dining group Sukhothai has undergone a partial management buy-out (MBO), with the current management team joining founders Gerrard Marks and Yupha (Ban) Kaewkraikhot as shareholders.