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Leon Restaurant

Leon secures new £25m investment

19 May 2017

Spice Private Equity, a Swiss investment company, has invested £25m to acquire a significant minority stake in Leon

Justin Phillimore CEO Charles Wells

Charles Wells eyes group pub deals

18 May 2017

Charles Wells chief executive, Justin Phillimore, has told MCA that the company will target group acquisitions alongside organic growth of its managed estate, following the sale of its brewing business to Marston’s.

Marstons MD Richard Westwood

Marston’s: Charles Wells; pub deals; pricing and lodges

18 May 2017

MCA talks to Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay and managing director of Marston’s Beer Company, Richard Westwood, on the back of the £55m acquisition of Charles Wells.

Ralph Findlay

Marston’s acquires Charles Wells brewing arm for £55m

18 May 2017

Marston’s has announced the acquisition of the Charles Wells beer and brewing business for £55m.

Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds

Swingers line up site No 2 plus new concept

17 May 2017

Swingers, the crazy golf, street food and bar concept, is planning a second site in the central/west London, as well a new experiential concept in the capital, MCA has learnt.


Cope takes Byron MD role

16 May 2017

Simon Cope, formerly of Wagamama, has joined Byron, the Hutton Collins-backed chain, as its new managing director

Hugh Osmond

Sun puts Strada package on the market

12 May 2017

Sun Capital Partners, the Hugh Osmond-led investment vehicle, has placed a package of 16 Strada sites on the market


Wingstop to launch in UK with plans for 100 sites

10 May 2017

US chicken concept Wingstop is to launch in the UK this year ahead of a planned 100-strong rollout.

Loungers opening

Loungers hits 100 as FY lfls grow 5.3%

10 May 2017

Loungers, the Lion Capital-backed group, has reported like-for-like sales up 5.3% for the year to 23 April, as it opens its 100th site.

Giles David

CDG announces new CFO

10 May 2017

Casual Dining Group (CDG) has announced that Giles David, of online sports retailer, Wiggle, is to replace Tim Doubleday as chief financial officer.

Atul Kochhar

Kochhar NRI concept is scalable in UK

09 May 2017

Atul Kochhar, the Michelen Star winning chef of Benares, has told MCA that his causal dining concept NRI is scalable and he would like to open more if his debut UK site in Birmingham is a success.

Mark Wright Rola Wala

Barworks team invests in Rola Wala

05 May 2017

Indian street food concept Rola Wala has secured investment from the founders of Camden Town Brewery and Barworks group, which will fund the opening of three sites this year, MCA understands.


Manders to step down as Byron CEO

03 May 2017

Andy Manders is to step down as chief executive of Byron after less than five months in the role for “personal reasons”

Richard Hodgson

PizzaExpress FY lfls down 0.9%

03 May 2017

PizzaExpress, the Hony Capital-backed group, has reported a 0.9% decline in full-year like-for-like sales across its UK and Ireland estate

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YO! Bluewater

Rowland’s YO! renaissance

22 May 2017

Robin Rowland describes the moment he stepped back in as chief executive of YO! Sushi as the world starting again. Over the past 16 months, he has made sure that the brand he will have served for 18 years this year, returned to its core values, or RUCC (Respectful, Unconventional, Colourful and Confident) and with it has come the company’s mojo and an uptick in performance. Mark Wingett reports

Food for thought

18 May 2017

The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified, argues David Chubb, Partner, Middle Markets, at PwC

Double departure examination

15 May 2017

The past few months have seen a number of high-profile departures at head offices across the eating-out sector. Dominic Walsh examines the legacy of two of the most prominent and surprising decisions to move on to pastures new

Amy's Drive Thru

Organic growth against the grain

08 May 2017

America is the land of fast food. Kerstin Kuhn profiles three new concepts trying to change the notoriously unhealthy sector, tapping into consumer demand for certified organic ingredients

Pecking order: Can CHIK'N become the next Nando's?

02 May 2017

“We want to be the next Nando’s” is a refrain that is probably been heard more than we care too mention at MCA. Many concepts incorporating many styles and cuisines have stated that as their goal, but with the burger and pizza categories well served in potential contenders, is it time that one from the chicken-led ranks of operators came forward, asks Finn Scott-Delany

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