Latest Operator News


Sector lfls down 1.8% in January

18 Feb 2019

Both the managed pub and restaurant segments saw like-for-like sales (lfls) dip in January, with the sector overall down 1.8% year-on-year.

Giggling Squid

Giggling Squid appoints advisors for possible PE deal

15 Feb 2019

Giggling Squid co-founder Andy Laurillard has confirmed the Thai restaurant group has appointed advisors to assess its next stage of growth, which is likely to involve finding a new private equity partner.

Patisserie Valerie

Patisserie Holdings sale confirmed for £13m

14 Feb 2019

Patisserie Holdings has confirmed the sale of Patisserie Valerie, to Dublin-based Causeway Capital, and its sandwich shop business Philpotts to retail, wholesale and distribution firm A.F Blakemore, for £13m.

Baked in Brick

Baked in Brick heading to Sheffield

19 Feb 2019

Baked in Brick, the street food pizzeria concept, is opening a second site, in Sheffield’s The Cutlery Works food hall, MCA understands.

Ado Medjedovic

Firezza founder launches new pizza concept

19 Feb 2019

Firezza co-founder Ado Medjedovic has returned to the pizza restaurant industry with the launch of a new concept Estro in Tunbridge Wells, MCA has learnt.

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Latest Operator Opinion

Peter Martin

Heads up and take in the view

18 Feb 2019

MCA’s contributing editor Peter Martin gives his view on the contradictions at the heart of the eating and drinking-out sector and discusses why he thinks competition should be the sector’s lifeblood, even if it makes life more challenging for incumbents


Playing the long game

14 Feb 2019

Yesterday, it was revealed that EAT has appointed advisory firm Spayne Lindsay to review its options. On the back of this, James Wallin speaks to chief executive Andrew Walker about the turnaround of the business, its international ambitions and why any sale process is 12 to 18 months away.


​A welcome success story for the coffee and cake market

04 Feb 2019

Last week, Caffé Nero acquired a significant stake in Coffee#1, the premium coffee shop operator , from SA Brain. Fraser Anderson, of Sapient Corporate Finance – the sole financial adviser to SA Brain on the transaction – discusses the background to the deal and what it means for the wider market.

Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft

Three by three is Arc’s inspiration

29 Jan 2019

Veteran bar operator Martin Wolstencroft is aiming to double his Arc Inspirations estate in the next four years – and has strengthened his board and appointed advisors to guide the process. He talks to James Wallin about clusters, culture and deskilling the kitchen

Patisserie Valerie exterior

Patisserie Holdings: Inevitable but still unbelievable

23 Jan 2019

As Patisserie Holdings called in administrators, with 70 sites to close, James Wallin reflects on the sad conclusion to a sorry tale, and why the trashing of Luke Johnson’s reputation does no favours for the sector.

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