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Azzurri launches Zizzi in China

16 Dec 2018

Azzurri Group chief executive Steve Holmes has told MCA he sees the scope for many sites in China, as the group opens a Zizzi in Shanghai.

Mitchell's of Lancaster

Mitchell’s of Lancaster goes into administration

14 Dec 2018

Mitchell’s of Lancaster has appointed administrators, blaming a “troubled landscape, rising business rates, increased minimum wage, and the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit”.


Farmstand takes Canary Wharf and Waterloo sites

14 Dec 2018

Farmstand, the sustainable fast-casual concept, has taken two new restaurant sites, in Canary Wharf and Waterloo, MCA has learnt.

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Fulham Shore to open 10 sites next year

13 Dec 2018

David Page, the chairman of Fulham Shore, has told MCA that he still sees the potential the treble the size of the Franco Manca estate and at least double the number of Real Greeks.

Daisy Green Collection

Daisy Green secures 10th site

14 Dec 2018

Daisy Green Collection has secured its 10th site in London. It will open at One Heddon Street, just off Regent’s Street.

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Clive Watson

Listed life is elementary for dear Watson

14 Dec 2018

A year on from City Pub Group’s IPO, chairman Clive Watson talks to James Wallin about growing pains, avoiding the “corporate haze”, the enduring attraction of “wet-led boozers” and what he has learnt from operating a vegan pub.


Pizza pioneer

07 Dec 2018

The inventor of the UK’s casual dining industry, an inspiration to a generation of restaurant entrepreneurs and the founder of what today is the country’s biggest restaurant brand, PizzaExpress, Peter Boizot, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 89, can lay claim to all of those descriptions and more. Here was a life, truly well lived, and one that shaped the industry as we know it, arguably more than most. Mark Wingett talks to those he inspired and worked with, including ...

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Never want to get cosy

27 Nov 2018

There is an addiction to providing genuine hospitality that runs right through the continuing success of café/bar concept Loungers, that makes sure it continues to generate standout year-on-year performance. A laser-like focus on providing value-for-money, authentic community engagement and a “home-from-home” proposition, have become key calling cards for the Nick Collins-led business, but with talk of a possible IPO resurfacing, what will the City make of this regional success story, ...

Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds

A swing and a hit

25 Nov 2018

Competitive socialising has been a rapidly growing sub-sector of the UK leisure market for some time now. Be it crazy golf, darts, ping-pong, escape rooms, shuffle-boards or even axe-throwing, this segment is a broad church. The question raised more than most is will it be a sustainable part of the sector in the long term? With the recent fundraising by Flight Club and now Swingers, that conversation has now moved on to who will be the winners and losers. With a multimillion-pound investment ...

Clive Chesser

The original start-up

22 Nov 2018

Clive Chesser took the helm at the slimmed down and privatised Punch this summer. Here, he talks to James Wallin about the tied and Retail models, joint ventures, acquisitions and investment

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