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Pret A Manger

Pret to link up with Roadchef

21 Nov 2017

Pret A Manager is set to further increase its presence on the UK’s motorways after agreeing to open sites with Roadchef

Yo! Sushi dish

YO! confirms £59.2m Bento Sushi deal

20 Nov 2017

YO! Sushi has confirmed the £59.2m acquisition of the 600-strong North American chain Bento Sushi.

Clive Watson

City Pub Group raises expectations for float

20 Nov 2017

City Pub Group has raised expectations of how much its expects to raise through this week’s float on AIM.

Going out spending down 4pp

Restaurant sales slumped 1.5% in October

20 Nov 2017

Restaurant groups saw like-for-like sales fall 1.5% in October compared to the same month last year, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

Brewhouse and Kitchen

B&K raises £7m for further growth

17 Nov 2017

Brewhouse & Kitchen has begun another round of fundraising, with £7m committed so far, MCA understands.

Patrick Dardis

Young’s ‘could spend £100m on group deal’

17 Nov 2017

Young’s chief executive Patrick Dardis has told MCA it’s “probably about time” the company made a group acquisition and said it has the firepower to spend £100m plus on a deal.

Caffe Nero interior

Caffe Nero appoints new UK CEO

17 Nov 2017

Caffe Nero has appointed Will Stratton-Morris as the new chief executive for its c660-strong UK business

Byron

Bids sought for Byron

16 Nov 2017

A sale of Byron could take place before the end of the year, after the process to find a new owner of the c70-strong chain was understood to have been sped up

Cafe Rouge exterior

CDG makes senior team changes

15 Nov 2017

Casual Dining Group is to make a number of changes to its senior management team, MCA understands.

Burger King Garden Grill

Bridgepoint to back Burger King UK

14 Nov 2017

Bridgepoint, the private equity backer of Pret A Manger, has agreed to acquire the master franchise rights for Burger King UK

Bite Me Burger

Bite Me Burger Co ceases trading

22 Nov 2017

Bite Me Burger Co, the delivery-focussed mini burger concept, has creased trading, MCA understands.

Wilkinson swaps Carluccio’s for ResDiary

22 Nov 2017

Sarah Wilkinson (nee Murray) has left Carluccio’s after 18 years to join online restaurant booking system ResDiary

LEON 2

Leon appoints Edwards as US MD

22 Nov 2017

Leon has appointed its long-term operations director Glenn Edwards to oversee its launch in the US

SSP UK lfls up 2.1% in FY

22 Nov 2017

SSP, the travel concessions operator, has reported like-for-like sales growth of 2.1% in its UK operations for the year to 30 September, with revenue up 4.8% to £787.7m.

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Little Chef

Big deal for Little Chef

22 Nov 2017 | By Lawrence Wosskow

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

Burger & Lobster interior

A whopper of an opportunity?

20 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett takes a closer look at Bridgepoint’s decision to invest in resurrecting Burger King UK; what the changes at the top of Caffe Nero mean; and how this week’s expected IPO by City Pub Company has history on its side.

Ole & Steen

Danes refreshing new places

17 Nov 2017

Danish bakery Lagkagehuset has already conquered its homeland and is rapidly building up a presence in the UK, as well as eyeing new international outposts. James Wallin met UK operations director Alastair Gordon to find out how this Danish export is bringing home the bacon

Mark Wingett

Just popping out for a while

13 Nov 2017 | By Mark Wingett

You are always told to never push your luck, or as my dad used to say “don’t kick the arse out of it”, so after seven years in the privileged position of editor of MCA, it is time make sure I heed that advice and move onwards and upwards in the wider William Reed family.

CAU exterior

Don’t blink

13 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett examines some of the recent boardroom changes and what they mean in a wider context, and looks at possible problems ahead at the St James’s Market development

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