Mel Flaherty's articles

  • Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds

    Swingers secures site for US debut


    The Institute of Competitive Socialising, the group behind Swingers, has secured a site in New York for its first overseas operation, MCA has learnt.

  • Tossed cashless store in Coleman Street

    Rejoice in the salad days


    When Vincent McKevitt cobbled together a student loan, a bank loan and five credit cards, he started Tossed. Mel Flaherty discusses his vision of a cashless, health-conscious future.

  • Branded Mexican/South American cuisine analysis 2016

    Down Mexico way


    There’s nothing like the start of a new year to get all and sundry dusting off the crystal ball to predict the ‘next big thing’. It does not seem very long ago that Mexican food was being touted by the annual soothsayers as the category to watch in the UK. How time flies

  • Tonkotsu

    Ramen home a good idea


    When Emma Reynolds began a noodle business with her flatmate, she never expected the potential to be realised so quickly and in such an impressive manner. Mel Flaherty catches up with the former microbiology student

  • News

    Power of good for D&W chief


    As Mel Marriott prepares to unveil the fifth Darwin & Wallace pub, this time at the new Battersea Power Station site, she talks to Mel Flaherty about how the area provides the style for each outlet and the potential for expansion, especially outside London

  • Opinion

    ​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

  • Opinion

    Kings maker


    Mixing business and pleasure is part of Jason Katz’s ‘daily grind’. In fact, to the founding partner of Kings Park Capital, the specialist private equity firm dedicated to investing in the leisure industry, they are one and the same. And that’s just how he likes it. “In many ways ...

  • Interviews

    ​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

  • Interviews

    Aussie feels passion of food in his bones


    Having established several Bone Daddies restaurants in London, former rugby player Ross Shonhan tells Mel Flaherty how the ramen business is going and about his beginnings as a chef

  • Dishoom

    Success is history for Dishoom’s cousins


    Although raised in England, cousins Shamil and Kavi Thakrar have taken the theme of Iranian immigrants’ cafés in Bombay from almost a century ago to define Dishoom. Mel Flaherty reports