Leon Restaurant

FY lfls up 7.6% at Leon

24 Sep 2017

Leon, the healthy, fast-food chain led by John Vincent, reported a 7.6% increase in like-for-like sales in 2016

Jinlong Wang

PizzaExpress to capitalise on 'dinnertainment'

21 Sep 2017

PizzaExpress chief executive Jinlong Wang sees the experience economy as having huge potential for the group.

Jeremy King

Corbin & King in talks with trade buyer

21 Sep 2017

Jeremy King, the restaurateur and one half of Corbin & King, is in talks with a trade buyer to secure new investment for his restaurant group.

Paul Hopper

HOP secures £750k for two new City sites

15 Sep 2017

HOP, the Vietnamese grab and go concept, has secured £750,000 in private fundraising for its next two sites. 

Rodizio Preto lines up Kingston & Chelmsford openings

22 Sep 2017

Rodizio Preto, the London-based Brazilian steakhouse operator, is set to add a further two sites to its nine-strong estate

​Boxpark looking to create a new asset type

22 Sep 2017

The team behind Boxpark, which is set to open its third next year at Wembley Park, is looking to create a new asset type

Baker St could still see L’Antica Pizzeria opening

22 Sep 2017

”Italy’s oldest pizza restaurant” L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele could still be set to open on Baker Street, under a different company

Restaurant market to reach £20bn - but challenges loom large

22 Sep 2017

The restaurant market is expected to reach a value of £20bn in 2017, which is a growth of 4.3% on 2016 – however a challenging period of market correction looms until demand better aligns with supple, MCA analysis reveals.

Ex-Tesco & Carluccio’s marketeer launches Cut & Grind

22 Sep 2017

Paschalis Loucaides, formerly of Carluccio’s, Giraffe and Tesco Family Dining, has launched a new burger concept called Cut & Grind

Bistrot Pierre confirms Preston opening

22 Sep 2017

Bistrot Pierre, the Livingbridge-backed group, has confirmed it will open a site in Preston next spring

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Why so Sirieix?

22 Sep 2017

The Galvin at Windows GM, star of the small screen, industry champion and prolific fundraiser has a new book, Secret Service, out next month. With so many plates spinning, how does the country’s most recognisable front-of-house man manage to prevent it all from crashing down, asks Sophie Witts

Lessons from the front line

25 Aug 2017

International Market Management specialises in working with restaurant brands in setting up overseas. In the first of a series, founder Jasper Reid poses the question, why go abroad at all?

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

Using timing and luck to your advantage

10 Aug 2017

At leading executive recruitment agency, the Savannah Group’s latest quarterly Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Boardroom Lunch, partner Tim Clouting discussed with sector chairman and chief executives how to use timing and luck to your advantage, how do you become better at it and how do you bring them more firmly under your control

PizzaExpress

Keeping the Express on track

02 Jun 2017

The season of changes at the top of the UK’s leading restaurant brands continued earlier this week with the abrupt departure of Richard Hodgson as chief executive of PizzaExpress. Mark Wingett examines his time at the helm of the UK’s largest casual dining brand and why the company’s future growth is increasingly dependent on its expansion plans in the Far East.

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