All Interview articles – Page 3

  • Analysis & Insight

    ​Affordable quality at Flat Iron


    From his first pop-up to a fourth site in London, Flat Iron Steak founder Charlie Carroll has kept a cool head for business as his affordable steak concept takes off. Mel Flaherty reports

  • MOD Pizza
    Analysis & Insight

    For the love of MOD


    America’s fastest-growing restaurant chain has launched in the UK and is gearing up to introduce its ‘made-on-demand’ pizza concept and strong people values across the country. Mark Wingett catches up with MOD Pizza founder Scott Svenson and the brand’s UK chief executive John Nelson

  • Piccolino Mayfair
    Analysis & Insight

    Individual pursuits


    Keeping itself to itself has not harmed Individual Restaurant Company, the operator of the Piccolino and Restaurant Bar & Grill brands. In fact, managing director Vernon Lord tells Mark Wingett that looking inwards is helping produce record results

  • Analysis & Insight

    Sweetfin tips the scales on poké


    Hawaiian raw seafood speciality dish poké has set sail for the US mainland and new fast-casual chain has quickly got on board on the West Coast to make the most of this trending phenomenon. Kerstin Kühn finds out why the operator thinks it can capture the market and expand

  • Analysis & Insight

    ​Five minutes with… Toby Smith, Novus Leisure


    This week MCA takes five minutes with Novus Leisure chief executive Toby Smith. He talks about consumer insight, legislation and the power of the Rocky theme tune

  • Analysis & Insight

    Red Dog Saloon has no time to paws


    Tom Brooke, the founder of American restaurant chain Red Dog Saloon, is gearing up for a pivotal year as a big investment is pumped into the company

  • Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with…Paul Newman, New Moon Co


    This week M&C takes five minutes with Paul Newman, co-founder of New Moon Co which runs five pubs and three restaurants in the northwest. He talks about why he’s not expanding this year, his worries about a burst of new players in Manchester and why he wants to run a F1 team

  • Steve RIchards
    Analysis & Insight

    Five-minute interview: Steve Richards – Casual Dining Group


    M&C takes five minutes to talk to Steve Richards, chief executive of the Casual Dining Group (CDG), about customer experience; Center Parcs and seafood restaurants in Corsica

  • Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with…. Mark Lilley, Abokado


    This week M&C takes five minutes with Mark Lilley, founder of healthy eating chain Abokado. He discusses the fact that BrewDog should be careful about overexposure, how Dishoom is providing the best experience in the sector and why he would like to be the new Richard Branson.

  • Analysis & Insight

    ​Ready to Ignite


    There may have been a few recent wrinkles that are being ironed out, but Matt Hermer and his Ignite Group are financially firing on all cylinders and looking confidently ahead to expansion

  • City Pub Co
    Analysis & Insight

    A tale of two Cities


    City Pub Company East and West – the latest venture from the Capital Pub Company founders – is targeting 30 sites by 2017 and a listing on AIM. James Wallin met the chief executives of both companies to find out about the focus on hubs, incentivising staff and why gimmicks don’t work

  • Peter Marks of Luminar
    Analysis & Insight

    Bringing late nights back to life


    Since rescuing the country’s largest nightclub operator from administration four years ago, Peter Marks has sets about re-establishing its position at the heart of the late-night sector. With a new identity, new brands and a reinvested, reinvigorated estate, what does the future hold for the Deltic Group? James Wallin finds out

  • Des Gunewardena

    Gym buddies


    With the opening of the vast German Gymnasium in King’s Cross as well as a revamp of a number of its most recognisable sites, D&D London has smartened up its act, says Stefan Chomka

  • Cabana BBQ
    Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with… Jamie Barber: Cabana


    M&C takes five minutes to talk to Jamie Barber, the restaurateur behind the Cabana and Hush Brasserie, about a billion dollar idea and the looming rise in living wage

  • Jamie's Italian interior
    Analysis & Insight

    Plenty more where Jamies’ came from


    Heralded by some as the saviour of the UK’s eating-out sector during the downturn, where does Jamie’s Italian stand now and can it stay ahead here while ramping up expansion overseas? Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive Simon Blagden tells Mark Wingett that it can

  • Morgan Davies
    Analysis & Insight

    Burrito boy


    Mel Flaherty talks to Barburrito chief executive Morgan Davies about how his cosmopolitan background has influenced his career choices and why he has “no issues with Barburrito becoming a 50-site business”

  • Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with…Luke Bishop, Polpo


    M&C takes five minutes with Luke Bishop, managing director of Polpo, and talks about cliff-top dining, enthusiastic staff and delivering hospitality excellence at 35,000ft

  • Duncan Garrood
    Analysis & Insight

    Punch's Garrood on going forward


    Duncan Garrood, chief executive of Punch Taverns talks to M&C about his first few months in charge and his vision for the future. He explains why he is ‘furious’ at some criticism levelled at the company, why the pubs code has already had unintended consequences, sets out his view on a VAT cut and explains why the company would consider carrying out its own sensitive redevelopments of surplus land around pubs.

  • HOP
    Analysis & Insight

    Let’s go to the HOP


    From a lightbulb moment in southeast Asia, Paul Hopper has spent two-and-a-half years developing and honing his idea for a grab-and-go Vietnamese takeaway concept, HOP. Ruth Williams reports

  • La Tasca interior
    Analysis & Insight

    Five minutes with… Simon Wilkinson: La Tasca


    M&C takes five minutes to talk with Simon Wilkinson, who heads up the recently acquired La Tasca about Michelin experiences in Wales and the problem with lunching in London