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    Analysis & Insight

    AlixPartners: Gradually building momentum


    Just over a month since restart, it is obvious that the sector’s revival will take time, and sadly it will not include everyone. 

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    Epiris completes CDG acquisition, rebrands as The Big Table


    Private equity firm Epiris has completed a deal to acquire Casual Dining Group.

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    Anand steps down from CDG


    Rooney Anand has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman of Casual Dining Group.

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    Pizza Express to exit up to 75 sites in CVA


    Pizza Express is expected to close up to 75 restaurants as part of a financial restructuring at parent company Hony Capital.

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    Epiris frontrunner to buy CDG


    The former backer of TGI Friday’s is in advanced talks to buy Casual Dining Group, Sky News reports.

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    Elliott Advisors eyes CDG


    American hedge fund Elliott Advisers is among investors vying to take over Casual Dining Group (CDG), Sky News reports.

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    Casual Dining Group appoints administrators


    Casual Dining Group, which operates brands including Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge, has appointed administrators. It said 91 sites would close with immediate effect causing a number of redundancies. The business said in today’s “extreme operating environment it is in the best interests of all stakeholders for the Group to enter administration, to enable the Group to conclude negotiations with landlords regarding the estate.”

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    CDG in sales talks having received “strong expressions of interest”


    Casual Dining Group is in preliminary sales talks with multiple parties having “received strong expressions of interest.”

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    CDG in restructuring talks


    Causal Dining Group is in talks with advisory firm Alixpartners about a financial restructuring to secure the business through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Analysis & Insight

    ​Steve Gotham: Turning up the heat and other NPD delights


    New product development (NPD) is rightly recognised as a lifeblood for the eating out industry, and MCA’s Menu Tracker offers insights into the latest menu trends and influences across 150 leading operators. This review only serve as a taster, but the three courses have each been accompanied with three key summary insights.    

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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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    How can tech ease the customer journey?


    Greggs, Leon and Wagamama are just the latest to join the self-ordering revolution, with the latter’s new grab and go concept Mamago one of the most hotly discussed openings of last year. To share their early exeperiences and more, MCA brought together marketing, IT and digital leaders from across the sector to consider how new technology can help, and sometimes hinder, the customer experience

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    Las Iguanas scoops employees’ choice award


    Las Iguanas has won Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020.

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    Gunwharf Quays – Restaurant and retail therapy a plenty!


    With more than 30 bars, cafés and restaurants (as well as over 90 shops) Gunwharf Quays offers an abundance of opportunities for plenty of remedial treatment. Supported by its impressive waterfront location, attractive design and assorted leisure-related reasons to visit, Gunwharf Quays is one of the UK’s finest outlet shopping centres. So amongst some Christmas shopping, I was keen to see how it is using its extensive assortment of Food & Beverage purveyors to both restore weary shoppers as well as to act as a footfall driver in its own right. But also, and more critically, I was keener to see some something new and surprising.

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    Las Iguanas to push forward with UK expansion


    Up to five new UK sites per year could be on the cards for Las Iguanas, as it looks to expand despite rising costs and stiff competition, according to The Times.

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    Turtle Bay: ‘We keep away from industry noise’


    Turtle Bay has had a quiet two years, but with reinforcements to the senior team and turnover approaching £70m, the Caribbean social concept looks to be making moves for a sale. In a rare interview, founder Ajith Jayawickrema explains how the bar and restaurant brand has the potential for 100 sites – but not necessarily under his stewardship.

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    CDG appoints trio of brand directors


    Casual Dining Group (CDG) has appointed brand directors at Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge as it restructures its senior team formation.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Brandwatch: Turtle Bay


    The Piper-backed Caribbean restaurant operator has arguably flown under the radar for longer than other casual dining brands. Now, having grown to 42 sites in the UK, MCA’s Georgi Gyton takes a look at the performance of the group and examines current consumer sentiment.

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    Mos Shamel steps down as Las Iguanas MD


    Casual Dining Group (CDG) has confirmed that Mos Shamel is to step down as managing director of Las Iguanas after 16 years at the helm.

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    Levi Roots closes single Westfield Stratford site


    Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse, the casual dining concept fronted by the Dragon’s Den star, has closed its single site in Westfield Stratford.