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  • Masterclass (b)
    News

    Revolution planning to double brand portfolio

    2021-04-13T11:41:00Z

    Revolution Bars Group is looking to expand its portfolio of brands from two to four, in order to capitalise on property opportunities post-pandemic, chief executive Rob Pitcher has told MCA.

  • Wild_Muntjac_Biryani__Pomegranate___Mint_Raita_2.0
    Interviews

    JKS CEO Jyotin Sethi: ‘There’s a whole new dynamic being established’

    2020-05-26T06:57:00Z

    The flagship names in the JKS collection, Gymkhana, Trishna and Brigadiers, are not the type of premium restaurants one would expect to readily translate into delivery.

  • nero
    Interviews

    What it’s like to operate in lockdown part six: Caffè Nero

    2020-05-22T07:19:00Z

    Caffè Nero Group CEO Gerry Ford talks to MCA about the extent of necessary on-site safety protocols, the encouraging response from staff and consumers so far, and what the business plans to do next.

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    Interviews

    Mother Clucker co-founder Brittney Bean: The economics of delivery don’t stack up

    2020-05-22T07:19:00Z

    Without a national timeout on rent, restaurants having to operate a delivery-focused business model through the phased reopening period “would never stack up economically,” Brittney Bean, Mother Clucker co-founder has told MCA.

  • BrewDog Tower Hill
    News

    Brewdog finds lifeline in retail while plotting return to bars

    2020-05-06T07:31:00Z

    Brewdog’s revenue from brewing and retail has provided a lifeline during lockdown – but the company remains committed to reopening its bars in the future, COO David McDowall has told MCA.

  • KFC-s-Jo-Tivers-I-love-pickled-and-fermented-ingredients-they-go-so-well-with-the-Original-Recipe_ls_article_large
    Interviews

    KFC’s Jo Tivers: “I love pickled and fermented ingredients - they go so well with the KFC Original Recipe”

    2020-02-26T08:26:00Z

    KFC’s NPD team lead discusses the success of its Vegan Burger, where KFC plans to take its plant-based menu next and why texture is too often overlooked by product developers.

  • Jamie Oliver
    Opinion

    The Italian Job

    2018-06-04T08:18:00Z

    Jon Knight has had an eventful first six months at the helm of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, having guided the company through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and set about reconnecting the group’s celebrity founder with his restaurants. He talks to James Wallin about what growth looks like post-CVA, how the group is aiming to come off the discounting drug and how the brand would cope if Oliver’s star began to fade.

  • Tuk Shop
    Opinion

    Nip and Tuk

    2018-05-30T08:40:00Z

    Health-focused chain Leon has partnered with David Thompson’s Aylmer Aaharn food group to transform its Shaftesbury Avenue site into a Thai fast food restaurant that could become a major growth brand. Restaurant magazine deputy editor Joe Lutrario meets Leon founder John Vincent to discuss the prospects for Tuk Shop.

  • Freshii food
    Opinion

    New chains shaping the healthy high street

    2018-05-29T07:39:00Z

    Canadian fast-casual chain Freshii launched in the UK earlier this year with ambitious plans to capitalise on the appetite for healthy eating. The expansion on these shores is being headed up by POD co-founder, Kate Skerritt, who spoke to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about where she sees the future of food.

  • Harvester
    News

    Urban on M&B’s “engine room”

    2018-05-17T08:23:00Z

    MCA spoke to Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) chief executive, Phil Urban, on the back of yesterday’s half-year results. He discussed the next stage of the group’s transformation programme, including bolder pricing strategies on a local basis. He also talked about consolidation in the Stonehouse brand, further evolution of Harvester and the revival of O’Neill’s; as well as the scope for pay at table and delivery options.

  • Ralph Findlay
    News

    Marston’s “will continue to land bank sites”

    2018-05-17T08:23:00Z

    Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay has told MCA the group will continue to land bank sites despite revising down its growth targets for next year.

  • News

    Focus on: Marston’s Destination

    2018-05-15T08:28:06.630Z

    Iain Jackson, who heads up Marston’s c350-strong Destination division spoke to MCA about the growth of the group’s Firebrand and Accent divisions and the scope he sees for further expansion. He also discussed how he has restructured his teams into smaller units that can react more swiftly to changing consumer trends, and the creation of a dedicated openings team, to follow sites through from acquisition to the handover to ops teams.

  • Analysis & Insight

    Fuelling growth

    2017-06-30T15:33:18.910Z

    Jo Cumming, co-owner of Food & Fuel, the food-led pub operator, talks to Mel Flaherty about expansion, working with Ei Group, the biggest changes she has seen across the industry and embracing the needs of Millennials

  • Analysis & Insight

    Homeslice - putting pizza centre stage

    2017-06-02T15:56:00Z

    With a disregard for any rules and a left-field approach to toppings, it’s clearly no traditional pizzeria. But, as Mel Flaherty found out, Homeslice is carving out a name for itself in an increasingly congested sector

  • Interviews

    New Diageo boss outlines spirit giant’s big plans

    2017-03-15T08:06:00Z

    Diageo’s UK operations are in good form, but the spirit giant’s new boss Charles Ireland has big plans to shake things up while he’s in office

  • Arthur Potts Dawson
    Opinion

    Inside Track: Eco principles in a fast food world

    2017-02-17T16:17:33.920Z

    Eco chef Arthur Potts Dawson discusses the challenges of running fast food burger restaurant BurgerFi with sustainable principles.

  • Carluccio's new generation store
    Analysis & Insight

    ​The life of Simon

    2016-09-30T16:10:00Z

    Earlier this summer, Simon Kossoff, co-founder, former chairman and chief executive of Carluccio’s, stepped down from the business, which had been his life for 17 years. He talks to Mark Wingett about the brand’s birth, development and his legacy

  • Pret CEO Clive Schlee
    Analysis & Insight

    Pret at 30

    2016-09-20T08:07:00Z

    Pret A Manger chief executive Clive Schlee talks to Mark Wingett about the key challenges facing the $1bn company as it celebrates its 30th birthday

  • Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with..... Dylan Murray, Drake & Morgan

    2016-09-02T08:14:00Z

    MCA talks to Drake & Morgan operations director Dylan Murray about the group’s plans for the Corney & Barrow estate; why Soho House is like no other business and why he’d like to take hospitality to the skies

  • Analysis & Insight

    Building the modern pub

    2016-09-02T08:14:00Z

    Philip Turner, the founder of East Anglia-based The Chestnut Group, talks to MCA about building his version of the modern pub.