Mel Flaherty

MCA Insight

Mel Flaherty is a journalist with 20 years' experience of research and writing about the leisure, hospitality and foodservice industries. She has previously edited titles including Leisure Report, Leisure & Hospitality Business and LeisureWeek plus sector reports for M&C Report.

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  • Swingers secures site for US debut

    27 Mar 2018

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

  • Rejoice in the salad days

    21 Apr 2017

    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.

  • Down Mexico way

    27 Jan 2017

    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

  • Ramen home a good idea

    20 Jan 2017

    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

  • Power of good for D&W chief

    02 Dec 2016

    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

  • ​Affordable quality at Flat Iron

    08 Jul 2016

    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

  • Kings maker

    29 Jan 2016

    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 the distinction between what is work and what is leisure is quite thin, particularly given some of the great personalities involved in the sector” Katz says. These days, one of the thin

  • ​Ready to Ignite

    18 Dec 2015

    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

  • Aussie feels passion of food in his bones

    07 Aug 2015

    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

  • Success is history for Dishoom’s cousins

    03 Jul 2015

    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

  • Iberica secures further growth fund

    15 Apr 2015

    Iberica is on the brink of signing a £3m deal with Santander to fund the next stage of its expansion

  • It’s a funny old business running Yummy

    17 Oct 2014

    Tim Foster, ‘head of mischief’ at Yummy pubco, talks to Mel Flaherty about his childhood influences and adult acceptance of his shortcomings

  • The enlightened restaurateur

    12 Sep 2014

    Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

  • Feasting on a US fraternity model

    15 Aug 2014

    The frat-house concept so beloved by American educational institutions may never have caught on over here, but that hasn’t stopped entrepreneur Jez Hall using it to full effect at his Earlham Street Clubhouse

  • Clevely on track

    30 Jun 2014

    Gastropub pioneer Rupert Clevely is turning his hand to a new concept, with the opening of Refreshment Rooms - The Cyclist last week, an innovative cafe bar at Brighton train station. Mel Flaherty talks to him

  • How three Australians ground out success

    18 Mar 2014

    Nick Tolley tells Mel Flaherty how he and two siblings turned the coffee-shop brand Harris+Hoole into a booming business

  • Working on many fronts

    14 Feb 2014

    James Horler, CEO of 3Sixty Restaurants, tells Mel Flaherty about the firm’s turtle-like rate of growth and why restaurant diners just want to be entertained

  • Taking Mexican street food to new heights

    11 Feb 2014

    Wahaca co-founder Mark Selby’s entrepreneurial approach to business development is helping to grow the number of sites and expand the concept

  • The little chain with Bigg ambitions

    06 Dec 2013

    Led by Richard Bigg –  a man who excels in creating authentic Spanish eating and drinking experiences –  highly regarded Camino is on the cusp of an ambitious programme for growth

  • Conduit of creativity

    22 Nov 2013

    Restaurateur Jamie Barber underlines the importance of innovation in the industry and tells M&C Report of his plans for the Cabana and Hush restaurant brands

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