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Punch deal to complete this month

18 Aug 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority has accepted the latest undertakings from Heineken, paving the way clear for its acquisition of 1,900 Punch pubs.

Beer garden

Sector lfls up 0.6% for second month running

18 Aug 2017

Like-for-like sales across the eating and drinking out sector rose by 0.6% for the second month running in July.

Brakspear CEO Tom Davies

Brakspear grows FY turnover 14%

18 Aug 2017

Brakspear saw turnover grow 14% in 2016, to £25.5m, with growth once again boosted by its managed division.

Robin Rowand, YO! Sushi CEO

Rowland predicts failures as profits are squeezed

17 Aug 2017

YO! Sushi chief executive Robin Rowland has predicted failures in the restaurant sector as operators struggle to cope with a raft of cost pressures.

Saravana Bhavan secures Leicester Square site

18 Aug 2017

Saravana Bhavan, the vegetarian Indian concept, is to open a flagship site off Leicester Square, MCA understands.

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Brewhouse and Kitchen

Brew ideas on an old theme

18 Aug 2017

After falling out of fashion for more than 20 years, the brewpub is back with a vengeance, and Brewhouse & Kitchen has been at the forefront of its revival. James Wallin meets co-founder Simon Bunn to discuss its evolution

Tak Tokumine

Ramen retailer all souped up

17 Aug 2017 | By Joe Lutrario

Tak Tokumine sold a 40% stake in his Shoryu ramen business earlier this year and now plans to transform his Japan Centre brand into the Japanese equivalent of Eataly. Joe Lutrario reports

Deltic Group's Pryzm brand

Deltic Revs up to overtake Stonegate takeover

16 Aug 2017

Why did Deltic go public with its rebuffed bid to merge with Revolution Bars Group, where does it leave Stonegate and what does it mean for the sector? MCA deputy editor James Wallin discusses.

Peter Marks

Marks’ theory on Revolution

15 Aug 2017

Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks talks to MCA about the group’s proposal to merge with Revolution Bars Group to create a 125-strong “powerhouse” late-night operator.

Martello Hall

Founders Forum Focus: Albion & East

11 Aug 2017

Albion & East was set up with a simple, yet ambitious goal – to create London’s best bar. As the Imbiba-backed group prepares to open its second site, James Wallin meets managing director Sarah Weir to discuss progress so far.

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