Going Global: Enter the dragon

12 Feb 2019

In the latest in his series of Going Global columns for MCA, international franchising expert Jasper Reid looks at the prospects for eating-out brands targeting the Chinese market.

Itsu makes US debut

06 Jun 2018

Itsu, the Julian Metcalfe-founded chain, has opened its first site in the US, in New York

Gold Brands plans UK launch for Chesanyama

17 May 2018

Gold Brands Investments, the South Africa-based hospitality group, is looking to launch its BBQ restaurant concept Chesanyama


Wagamama makes Sharjah debut

16 May 2018

Wagamama has opened a restaurant in Sharjah, the company’s first site in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) outside of Dubai

Deliveroo launches self-collection and dine-in features

25 Apr 2018

Deliveroo has launched its first self-collection and dine-in features through one of its Editions sites

Nando’s appoints new CEO for North America

05 Apr 2018

Nando’s has appointed John Fisher, formerly of Bob Evans Farms, as the new chief executive of its operations in North America

Chinese hot pot chain eyes London debut

05 Apr 2018

HaiDiLao, the China-based hot pot chain, is in talks to make its European debut in central London

Pinza to make UK debut through Deliveroo Editions

04 Apr 2018

Pinza, the Dubai-based pizza delivery company, is to make its debut in the UK through Deliveroo’s Editions concept

Meyer to launch taco stand

03 Apr 2018

New York restaurateur Danny Meyer is to add to his restaurant portfolio with the opening of a taco stand

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Las Iguanas gears up for international launch

21 Mar 2018

Las Iguanas is set to make its international debut this summer with openings in Gibraltar and South Africa

PizzaExpress appoints new international MD

14 Mar 2018

PizzaExpress, the Hony Capital-backed group, has appointed Liam Collette as the new managing director for its international operations

Greek coffeehouse chain to make UK debut

07 Mar 2018

Mikel, the Greek coffeehouse chain, is to make its debut in the UK, after securing a site in central London

Chipotle closes burger concept site

02 Mar 2018

Chipotle has closed the only site operating under its burger concept Tasty Made

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CDG to target up to 300 international sites by 2022

23 Feb 2018

Casual Dining Group (CDG) is planning to reach 250-300 international franchise sites over the next three to four years, according to chief operating officer James Spragg. 

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Slim Chickens plans UK launch

24 Jan 2018

Slim Chickens, US restaurant chain which specialises in chicken tenders and wings, is planning to launch in the UK

Donut King & Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar plan UK launches

12 Jan 2018

Retail Food Group has signed master franchise agreements for the UK for its Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar and Donut King Brands

Farzi Café secures Haymarket site for UK debut

05 Jan 2018

Farzi Café, the modern Indian bistro concept from the India-based Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd group, is to make its debut in the UK

Wagamama appoints new US MD

13 Dec 2017

Wagamama has appointed Burton Heiss, formerly chief executive of Nando’s USA, as its new managing director for the US

Ells steps down as Chipotle CEO

30 Nov 2017

Chipotle chief executive Steve Ells has stepped down after almost 25 years in the role to become its executive chairman

Farzi Café eyes UK debut

29 Nov 2017

Farzi Café, the Indian bistro concept from the India-based Massive Restaurants group, is lining up an opening in the UK