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NEWS HEADLINES

Abokado summer menu

Abokado returns to growth, preps new look

18 Oct 2018

Abokado, the healthy grab-and-go chain, has returned to the acquisition trail with a new site in Hammersmith, which will see it showcase a refreshed new look.

Crazy Pizza

Briatore to bring Crazy Pizza to the UK

18 Oct 2018

Flamboyant Italian tycoon and former boss of the Benetton and Renault F1 racing teams, Flavio Briatore is to launch his Crazy Pizza concept in the UK, after securing a site in London, MCA has learnt.

Dominos Logo

Domino’s UK lfls up 2.2% in Q3

18 Oct 2018

Domino’s UK has reported like-for-like sales up 2.2% in the UK in the 13 weeks to 30 September.

Duncan Garrood

Garrood steps down as Bill’s CEO

17 Oct 2018

Duncan Garrood has stepped down as chief executive of the Richard Caring-backed Bill’s Restaurants, after less than 10 months in the role.

Suttons Radio

Antic brings 11 sites to market

15 Oct 2018

Antic London and Downing LLP have brought a package of 11 pubs, out of a total estate of 48, to the market through Fleurets.

Dan Shotton and Mark Draper Redcomb Pubs

Redcomb sees 11% increase in FY turnover

19 Oct 2018

Redcomb Pubs Limited has reported an 11% increase in turnover for the year to 30 June 2018, from £15.2m to £16.8m.

Nick Taplin

Reinventing the hotel dining room

19 Oct 2018

Nick Taplin, chief executive of Marco Pierre White’s restaurant franchising vehicle group, on hotels vs high streets, the pulling power of brands and why casual dining must take responsibility for its problems

amazon

Amazon Alexa invests in hospitality start-up

19 Oct 2018

Amazon has invested in invested in SevenRooms, a hospitality start-up that specializes in restaurant software.

labarralondon

Taco and cocktails concept for Brixton Market

19 Oct 2018

A former MEATliquor manager is launching tacos and cocktails concept La Barra in Brixton Market.

Redemption to open in Seven Dials

19 Oct 2018

Vegan and alcohol free restaurant Redemption is to open a third site, in Seven Dials.

Ego pub The Fox, Haslington

Ego to convert Toby Carvery in Shrewsbury

19 Oct 2018

3Sixty Restaurants is to convert another Mitchells & Butlers pub to its Ego in a Pub format.

Loungers

Loungers takes on former Prezzo site for first relocation

19 Oct 2018

Loungers has taken on the former Prezzo in Penarth, Glamorgan, to relocate the town’s Ocho Lounge.

Intu

Intu bidders up offer

19 Oct 2018

Shopping centre landlord, Intu, has updated on discussions concerning a posible takeover bid from a consortium led by its largest shareholder, John Whittaker.

Costa Coffee

Analysts corner: Goodbody on Whitbread

19 Oct 2018

Goodbody analysts have set out their view on the prospects for Whitbread, post the divestment of Costa, suggesting that it opens the door for value creation.

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INSIDE TRACK

Bistrot Pierre

It’s all White now

18 Oct 2018

Earlier this year, Nick White, former MD of Bella Italia, Chiquito and Garfunkels, was named as new chief executive of Bistrot Pierre. White and co-founder Robert Beacham speak to Mark Wingett about how the business is evolving and how it is cutting its cloth in more austere trading conditions

Don’t miss the point

15 Oct 2018

What a week. From the revelations at Patisserie Holdings, the ongoing and sad fallout surrounding food labelling and Pret A Manger, to the administration of two further sector companies, it was seven days that again put the sector on the front pages/in national news updates and front of mind in the public consciousness, sadly for the wrong reasons. It was particular frustrating, argues Mark Wingett, as at the same time, some positive strides were being made communicating what the industry ...

In other news

15 Oct 2018

Whilst last week’s news was dominated by the fast-moving story at Patisserie Holdings, the last month has shone a light on a number of other companies in the sector, which are faced with their own issues and questions about their future. Mark Wingett gives his thoughts on the Coaching Inn Group; TGI Fridays; Five Guys; The Restaurant Group (TRG); and Gordon Ramsay.

Revolution Bars Group

Playing hard to get

11 Oct 2018

The board of Revolution Bars Group has once again rejected the possibility of a deal with Deltic. James Wallin looks at what was actually being discussed, gauges the thoughts of Revolution shareholders and asks what’s next for the key participants, as well as former suitor Stonegate.

Core needs of restaurants

Business re-modelling in the full-service casual dining sector

09 Oct 2018

The casual dining market grew over the last 30 years in response to customer needs for accessible and assured restaurant brands. However, new market segments are emerging that challenge the future consumer need for casual dining. How do brands in this sector evolve to ensure long term success and growth? Ian Dunstall discusses

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