Gaucho sign

Something to stake your reputation on

09 Jul 2018

A number of runners and riders are jostling for position to invest in the struggling Gaucho business, even though some kind of restructuring seems inevitable. How will the business shape up after new investment is secured? At the same time will Brains be the perfect business for Alistair Darby to remind the pub sector of his talents? And as Leon announces plans to enter another country and roll out further Tuk Shops, could it have a another game-changing deal up its sleeve? Mark Wingett ...

high street distress

How do we ensure the survival of the high street?

26 Jun 2018

The government’s minister for local growth, Jake Berry, recently announced that his department plans to establish a panel of industry leaders in order to diagnose the real issues affecting our high streets and how best to ensure their survival. In light of this we asked a series of industry experts in the eating and drinking out sector what advice and recommendations they believe would make a difference

McDonald's digital kiosks

Lessons learnt in a tough market

25 Jun 2018

In a challenging climate, operators still have many levers they can pull to keep ahead of competitors and stay relevant to an increasingly demanding consumer set. MCA’s executive director Simon Stenning looks at lessons that can be learnt from how the sector has evolved in the past two years

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

The renaissance of the wet-led pub

18 Jun 2018

Wet-led venues are emerging from the shadows of casual dining and gastropubs with buoyant sales and less exposure to headwinds. Investors are clearly taking note, with wet-led businesses at the centre of much of the sector’s M&A activity over the past year. Sapient Corporate Finance founder, Peter Hansen, explains why he sees this segment going from strength to strength.

Clive Watson

Watson: Why I’m marching for a people's vote on Brexit

15 Jun 2018

City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson writes for MCA about his concerns that Brexit remains a “monumental mistake” and discusses the potential impact on the sector.


Give lease a chance

14 Jun 2018

Shaftesbury is known for its forward-thinking approach to leasing, which has helped maintain the West End as a dynamic place to eat out. Julia Wilkinson discusses this pioneering approach, food and drink trends across the portfolio, and the evolution of Chinatown into a diverse Pan Asian offer with Finn Scott-Delany

Injoi Kitchen

Popularity of Seoul food rises

13 Jun 2018

Korean food is rapidly installing itself as mainstream force in the US eating out sector. Kerstin Kühn explores some of the established and emerging concepts in this field.


Eyes down, looking

12 Jun 2018

Competitive socialising is a craze that shows no signs of diminishing – with concepts focussed on everything from crazy golf to bingo via ping pong popping up across the country – but what does the segment’s long-term future hold? Mark Wingett discusses, as well asking whether Mitchells & Butlers will be able to find another Miller & Carter.

Robin Rowand, YO! Sushi CEO

Thai breaker

11 Jun 2018

TriSpan’s acquisition of a significant stake in Rosa’s Thai Café should provide a timely boost to a market buffeted by the headwinds currently blowing through it. Mark Wingett discusses how this deal also welcomes a new investment player into the mix - one determined to make its own mark on the sector.

Tim Martin at the Pub Conference

Martin: ‘It only takes one optimist to agree a daft rent’

08 Jun 2018

JD Wetherspoon’s outspoken founder and chairman Tim Martin shares his thoughts on ‘the insane rent review market’, and why it’s not necessary clear who’s to blame

Jonathan Downey

Downey: ‘The classic restaurant model is in trouble’

07 Jun 2018

The man who energised the street-food phenomenon picks the best new grab-and-go concepts and tells MCA’s sister title Food Spark why he is disappointed so few professional chefs have moved into street food.

Jamie Oliver

The Italian Job

04 Jun 2018

Jon Knight has had an eventful first six months at the helm of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, having guided the company through a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and set about reconnecting the group’s celebrity founder with his restaurants. He talks to James Wallin about what growth looks like post-CVA, how the group is aiming to come off the discounting drug and how the brand would cope if Oliver’s star began to fade.

Pret CEO Clive Schlee

How Pret turned values into value

30 May 2018

The news that Bridgepoint has agreed to sell Pret A Manger to JAB Holdings marks a new chapter for a brand that has consistently been voted the most admired among sector leaders. James Wallin looks at the values underpinning the brand and what the deal may mean for Pret and its investors – both incoming and outgoing – as well as assessing what wider impact the company’s £1k staff bonus may have on hospitality’s reputation as an employer.

Freshii food

New chains shaping the healthy high street

29 May 2018

Canadian fast-casual chain Freshii launched in the UK earlier this year with ambitious plans to capitalise on the appetite for healthy eating. The expansion on these shores is being headed up by POD co-founder, Kate Skerritt, who spoke to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about where she sees the future of food.

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Casual dining: The middle ground

21 May 2018

In a challenging climate for the casual-dining sector, what is the health of those operators in the middle ground? MCA’s director of insight Steve Gotham analyses some key players using a range of MCA’s analytic tools

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Upcoming events

The Restaurant Conference from MCA

The Restaurant Conference - 19 Sept 2018 - London

What is the next chapter for restaurant brands? Looking beyond the headlines on the casual dining sector, we will look at what growth looks like for a restaurant brand in 2018. Join the conversation with Karen Jones, Prezzo; Jon Knight, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; Dennis Deare, Miller & Carter; Zoe Bowley, PizzaExpress; and many more… View agenda and book >

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