All Gusto Restaurants articles

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    Hospitality readies itself for battle with the elements


    With the hospitality sector gearing up for reopening after a long, hard winter, the last thing it needs is scores of guests not showing up for bookings. While some operators have put in place additional measures to confirm tables, the big unknown is whether people’s desire to escape their houses for a drink or a meal outside is strong enough to counter the discouraging effects of any less than clement weather.

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    Matt Snell: Furlough costs Gusto £50k a month


    The furlough scheme is a benefit for employees, rather than businesses, and must be understood as such, MCA’s The Conversation has heard.

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    Roadmap ‘too little too late’ and ‘worse than the worst-case scenario’


    Sector leaders have criticised the Government for once again “penalising hospitality” with its reopening strategy, forcing pubs and restaurants to wait a further three months before they can operate inside. The proposed reopening timeline has been branded “too little too late,” and “worse than the worst-case scenario” by operators from all corners of the sector, who have warned that without significant support in next week’s Budget, there will be a “devastating” fallout for businesses.

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    Gusto CVA sees four sites close


    Gusto Italian has completed a CVA process which secures the future of the business and 600 jobs, but results in four restaurant closures.

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    ​The “phenomenal” effect of Eat Out to Help Out - but will it be extended?


    Gusto MD Matt Snell has described the effect of Eat Out to Help Out as “phenomenal” although he has no plans to continue with his own version of the discount scheme once it ends this week. “I’ve never really seen anything like it in my career,” he told MCA’s virtual event The Conversation. “The shape of the working week has changed, so Wednesdays are your Saturday night, Tuesday’s your Friday night and on Monday there’s kind of a second Friday. So it has been a runaway success, there’s no doubt about it. “There’s been quite a lot of negativity in the press around what it’s done to weekends, and restaurant groups pulling out, but we’ve had nothing but positive experiences and we’ve not seen a huge drop off in sales, if any, over the weekend.

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    Bandura joins Gusto Italian


    Former Carluccio’s and Gaucho chief financial officer Frank Bandura has joined Gusto Italian as interim CFO.

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    Griffin departs Gusto Italian


    Gusto Italian operations director Tony Griffin has left his role to pursue a new challenge, MCA understands.

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    Gusto serves up a rise in sales and profits


    Gusto has revealed a £0.1m rise in sales for the year ending 31 March 2019, which it hailed as a “very good performance” in a pressurised market. Pre-tax profits also rose to £138k following a loss of £544k the previous year. It said the business had been “galvanised” following “heavy investment in brand, menu development, food quality and provenance, as well as improved team training, tight operational controls and the continued development of out of restaurant sales”.

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    Gusto launches virtual pizza brand


    Gusto Italian has launched a virtual pizza delivery brand called Pizza Repubblica from its Leeds restaurant on Greek Street.

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    Gusto launches new rewards programme


    Italian restaurant business Gusto has launched a new loyalty programme called Gusto Gold Rewards.

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    Friska secures further Bristol site for number 11


    Friska has secured the former Caffe Gusto site by Bristol’s Queen Square, for its 11th opening.

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    Vegan dishes now make up 25% of Gusto’s menu


    Gusto Italian has launched a new spring/summer menu which sees vegan dishes now accounting for 25% of its menu.

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    Gusto raises close to £30k for Tim Bacon Foundation


    Gusto Italian has raised almost £30k for the Tim Bacon Foundation by adding a discretionary £1 to customers’ bills during December and January.

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    Gusto reports positive trading outlook despite hit to operating loss


    Gusto Italian has seen a good trading performance for the year to date, with like-for-like sales in December up 7%, in what managing director Matt Snell described to MCA as “a stellar performance”.

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    Gusto acquires retail unit to extend York site


    Gusto Italian has expanded the footprint of its York restaurant, after acquiring a former retail unit next door, and has used the extra space to create a drinking area with a Peroni bar.

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    Gusto launches new website as it refocuses on Italian


    Gusto has relaunched its website, with the new tagline ‘Elegantly Italian’, as it embraces its Mediterranean inspired menu.

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    Giggling Squid to replace Gusto in Chislehurst


    Giggling Squid, the Business Growth Fund (BGF)-backed group, has further strengthened its openings pipeline, after securing a site in Chislehurst, Kent.

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    Gusto invites HQ to work a shift on shop floor


    Gusto is to launch a new internal initiative this week – Make A Difference days – which will see its entire head office team work a shift alongside its restaurant team. All 18 members, including the full leadership team, will take up roles in the kitchen, bar and front ...

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    Off The Table, with Matt Snell


    Matt Snell, managing director of Gusto, speaks to MCA about how Instagram is influencing menu development, its future focus on delivery and why data social media data is so valuable.