All Little Chef articles

  • Restaurant

    Editor’s Opinion: Hang tight and plan your return


    The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. It’s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and numbers continue to rise. As dreadful as that is, the long term socio-economic impact is more disturbing. The virus has created a level of disruption to health, society, and the economy that’s never happened before, outside of wartime. And while there is plenty of speculation on how life in general may get back to normal post-lockdown, with vaguely optimistic or pessimistic dates floating around, there is no clarity on how or when this might end.

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    Rescuer of Little Chef linked with Patisserie Valerie sale


    Rcapital, the private equity firm that rescued Little Chef from collapse, is rumoured to be among those in the running to acquire most of the remaining Patisserie Valerie business from administration.

  • Bewiched Coffee

    Bewiched Coffee lines up two sites, eyes drive-thru market


    Bewiched, the Northampton-based coffee shop group, has lined up two new sites, and is looking to crack the burgeoning drive-thru coffee market, MCA has learnt.

  • Greggs

    Euro Garages plans 50 new Greggs sites


    Euro Garages UK is planning to open a further 50 Greggs stores across the UK by the end of 2018, following its acquisition of a collection of Little Chef sites last year, MCA has learnt.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Something to stake your reputation on


    A number of runners and riders are jostling for position to invest in the struggling Gaucho business, even though some kind of restructuring seems inevitable. How will the business shape up after new investment is secured? At the same time will Brains be the perfect business for Alistair Darby to remind the pub sector of his talents? And as Leon announces plans to enter another country and roll out further Tuk Shops, could it have a another game-changing deal up its sleeve? Mark Wingett looks to provide some answers.

  • Leon Restaurant

    Euro Garages eyes Leon link up


    Forecourt operator Euro Garages and Leon, the healthy fast food chain, have held talks about opening a site together

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    Romano steps down as Harry Ramsden’s brand director


    Frank Romano has stepped down as brand director of Harry Ramsden’s, the Boparan Restaurants Group (BRG)-owned brand

  • Eating out

    MCA’s Big Fat Review of the Year


    From Admiral’s acquisition to Zizzi’s tie-up with Sainsbury’s, we present a potted history of 2017

  • Byron

    Byron set for rescue deal


    Byron, the struggling better burger chain, has struck a rescue deal that could lead to the closure of a big chunk of its restaurant estate next year, Sky News reports Sky News has reported that shareholders in Byron have agreed a transaction under which Three Hills Capital Partners (THCP) will ...

  • Byron

    RCapital and Boparan not in Byron talks


    RCapital and Boparan Restaurant Group have both distanced themselves from the current sales process for Byron

  • Little Chef

    Big deal for Little Chef


    The glory days of Little Chef may be behind it, but it remains one of the most famous brands in the history of the UK’s eating-out scene. Lawrence Wosskow was a key figure in the Little Chef story – having owned the company in the 2000s, but his route to acquiring the brand was anything but easy

  • Chopstix

    Chopstix appoints marketing director


    Oriental brand Chopstix has appointed Rob Burns, previously of Harry Ramsden’s, to the newly created position of marketing director with immediate effect

  • News

    Euro Garages on track with Little Chef conversions


    Euro Garages is on track with its programme of Little Chef closures and conversions

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    Euro Garages invested £16m on Little Chef deal


    Euro Garages spent c£16m acquiring the Little Chef business from the Kout Food Group earlier this year

  • Analysis & Insight

    Operators falling short on seafood sustainability


    High street restaurants and pubs need to do more to prevent seafood being overfished

  • Analysis & Insight

    Tuned in to the frequency


    MCA’s Eating Out Panel looks at three key factors when analysing data – participation, frequency and average spend. Here, Steve Gotham takes a look at descending figures for the start of the year

  • News

    Dungey joins A&I as COO


    Kris Dungey, formerly of Kout Food Group and SA Brain, has joined fast-growing Costa Coffee franchisee, A&I as chief operating officer.

  • News

    O’Mahoney steps down from Giggling Squid


    Mike O’Mahoney has stepped down as chief financial officer of Giggling Squid

  • News

    Former Square Pie CEO joins Euro Garages


    Euro Garages has appointed Nabil Subuh, former chief executive of Square Pie, as its new group operations director

  • News

    Euphorium Bakery appoints new MD


    Euphorium Bakery has appointed Darren Moore, formerly of the Kout Food Group and Little Chef, as its new managing director