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    Pret, TGI Fridays and M&B sign up with allergy app

    2019-11-07T10:26:00Z

    Pret, TGI Fridays and Mitchells & Butlers have all teamed up with a new smartphone app to help people with allergies avoid food which could trigger them. The free app, called Dinepilot, allows consumers to filter meals based on 14 of the most common allergies, and it also ensures operators comply with food allergy management.

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    Sales soar at German Doner Kebab

    2019-11-07T08:25:00Z

    German Doner Kebab has reported a 49.6% sales hike after it opened 36 outlets in the past two years. It also plans to open a further three stores in the UK this year, and has ambitious plans to expand into Saudi Arabia and open 100 stores over the next ten years. It is also targeting the US. The kebab house, owned by Hero Brands, said it appealed to the “next generation” of consumers.

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    Wagamama removes raw peanuts from dishes

    2019-11-07T08:25:00Z

    Wagamama has taken the decision to remove raw peanuts as an ingredient from its kitchens, in the wake of a greater focus in the sector on the dangers posed by allergens, MCA can reveal.

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    Pizza Express has reasons to be cheerful - and remain vigilant

    2019-11-07T08:25:00Z

    Back of house, the management of Pizza Express clearly still has much on their plate as they seek to stabilise the finances. But, to their credit, the front of house execution is not being undermined. In fact, MCA’s latest quarterly consumer research finds the business has several reasons to be cheerful.

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    Keary promoted to MD at Camden Town Brewery

    2019-11-07T08:25:00Z

    Camden Town Brewery has promoted sales director Adam Keary to managing director, MCA understands.

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    Gaucho to relaunch debut as V2.0

    2019-11-07T08:25:00Z

    Steakhouse chain Gaucho has unveiled its future vision for the business, including changes to the restaurant design and introduction of a cinema screen.

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    Pizza Express receives tender offer for £80m worth of bonds

    2019-11-06T11:02:00Z

    An affiliate of Pizza Express’ owner Hony Capital is understood to have launched a tender offer to acquire up to £80m of the group’s senior notes, due in 2022.

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    Sheldon Inns extends portfolio with Ei Publican Partnerships

    2019-11-06T08:36:00Z

    Sheldon Inns has re-opened recently acquired pub The Chequers Inn, in Fladbury, following a joint investment of £180k with Ei Publican Partnerships.

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    Hixon Green to double up

    2019-11-06T08:35:00Z

    New York-style café and wine bar Hixon Green has taken the former Aqua Italia restaurant in Lewes.

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    Bear Coffee heads to Northwich for sixth site

    2019-11-06T08:35:00Z

    Bear Coffee is to open its sixth site, in Barons Quay shopping centre, in Northwich, Cheshire.

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    ​Urban Baristas lines up fifth site

    2019-11-06T08:35:00Z

    Urban Baristas, the speciality coffee shop group, has lined up a new site, in St Kathrine Docks, MCA understands.

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    Upton made CEO of No 1 Lounges

    2019-11-06T08:32:00Z

    Former Leon managing director John Upton has been appointed permanent CEO at No 1 Lounges, MCA understands.

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    Tough times as spending shifts to the weekend

    2019-11-06T08:28:00Z

    I was struck by a couple of recent comments from Mark Derry, the chief executive and chairman of Brasserie Bar Co., when he said that while spend was holding up, the business had noticed a definite shift in visits towards the weekend, as the early week visits are the first to go when times are tough. This prompted me to have a look at MCA’s Eating Out Panel (EOP) data on daily spending behaviour trends and see what insights were apparent.

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    Yo! opens first ‘To Go’ format in Manchester

    2019-11-05T15:51:00Z

    Yo! has opened its first ‘Yo! To Go’ concept at Piccadilly Station in Manchester. Like the recently opened Yo! Kitchen, the new fascia dispenses with the kaiten belt and introduces interactive touchscreens for customers to order food. The menu is designed for takeaway and will ...

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    Creams reveals jump in sales and profits

    2019-11-05T08:37:00Z

    Creams has released its results for the year to 31st March 2019 as well as a trading update covering the first half of the Group’s FY20 financial year. It said sales were up 37% to £40.1m and pre-tax profits increased 76% to £1.6m. It also opened 21 cafes during the year and served 4.5m customers. It now has 89 cafes in total after three other openings to date this year. And delivery sales through Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats now represent 14% of sales.

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    Steve Easterbrook and transformative times

    2019-11-05T08:12:00Z

    I’ve written a lot about McDonald’s recently, but I didn’t anticipate the next article to be about Steve Easterbrook getting fired. Yet here we are. It doesn’t seem a fitting departure for a man who achieved so much at the Golden Arches, and the contentious reason for his exit ...

  • Slim Chickens
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    Slim Chickens to open sixth site in Bristol

    2019-11-05T08:01:00Z

    Boparan Restaurant Group will open its sixth Slim Chickens site at Bristol’s Cabot Circus later this month. It comes two years after the brand launched in London and more restaurants are planned in key cities in 2020. “We are really excited to be opening our new restaurant in Bristol, Cabot Circus,” said CFO Tom Crowley. “We have had a fantastic response to our brand and our chicken in the locations we have opened so far and we hope to create more “Slimthusiasts” with the amazing people of Bristol with our new restaurant.”

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    Calls for NICs to be scrapped

    2019-11-05T07:51:00Z

    UKHospitality has suggested scrapping employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs), on the first £12k of earnings, as it fears jobs will be lost otherwise.

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    Honest Burgers lines up St Paul’s site

    2019-11-05T07:51:00Z

    Honest Burgers has lined up an opening in Paternoster Square, on the former site of Ernest Jones, MCA understands.

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    Warrens Bakery to open at Gatwick with SSP

    2019-11-05T07:51:00Z

    Warrens Bakery is to open a second airport site, this time at Gatwick Airport as part of a new partnership with SSP.