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Pub like-for-likes up 2.8% in June; restaurants down 1.8%

16 Jul 2018

Like-for-like sales in managed pubs were up 2.8% last month, compared with June 2017, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.


Iberica scraps openings, doubles down on core estate

17 Jul 2018

Iberica, the Spanish restaurant group, has dropped plans for two new sites as it plans to “double down” on its existing estate, MCA has learnt.


Bubbacue ceases trading after CVL

17 Jul 2018

Bubbacue, the North Ireland-based barbecue concept from Boojum Burrito founder John Blisard, has ceased operating.

Reds True Barbecue

Red’s in best position operationally

17 Jul 2018

James Douglas, co-founder of Red’s True Barbecue, has said that the company is in the best position it has ever been operationally

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Gaucho pressed to pay outstanding tax bill

13 Jul 2018

Gaucho has been pressed by HMRC to pay an outstanding tax bill more than £1m later today, it has been reported by Sky News.

The Ivy has pulled out of plans to open on Exeter High Street.

The Ivy pulls out of Exeter site

13 Jul 2018

The Ivy has pulled out of plans to open on Exeter High Street.


7Bone plans Derby site

13 Jul 2018

7Bone Burger Co, the Kings Park Capital backed concept, is looking to open its first Midlands site in Derby.


Two out of three operators implement regional pricing

13 Jul 2018

On average, two out of three operators surveyed in MCA’s latest Menu Tracker report vary their prices dependent on region, with JD Wetherspoon, All Bar One and O’Neill’s among the operators with the largest differentials.

Chris Miller

Chris Miller: 'Days of cookie-cutter roll-out are dead'

13 Jul 2018

Chris Miller, the founder of White Rabbit Fund, backers of Kricket, Island Poke, Lina Stores and Kym’s, has told MCA “the days of the 30-store rollout are dead”.

Jim Attwood

Attwood appointed Coco di Mama MD

12 Jul 2018

Coco di Mama, the Azzurri Group-backed, quick-service Italian concept, has appointed Jim Attwood, formerly of Costa, as its new managing director, MCA has learnt.

Pho interior

Pho partners with Feed it Back

12 Jul 2018

Vietnamese restaurant chain Pho has partnered with customer feedback specialists Feed it Back, in order to gather insight on the customer experience as it looks to expand the business.

PizzaBuzz is seeking £2.3m

PizzaBuzz site brought to market

12 Jul 2018

Pizzabuzz, the pizzeria concept developed by the Meredith Group, has placed its only site near London’s Finsbury Square, on the market.


Bundobust confirms Liverpool opening; eyes second Manchester site

11 Jul 2018

Indian street food and craft beer operator Bundobust has confirmed it will be opening a site in Liverpool’s Bold Street in late 2018/early 2019, and revealed it is eyeing a second Manchester site.

Martin Williams, M Restaurants

M Restaurants reports FY lfls up 15%

11 Jul 2018

M Restaurants, the three-strong group led by ex-Gaucho Group managing director Martin Williams, has reported like-for-like sales up 15% in the year to the end of May.


New waffle and crepes concept to replace Soho Firezza

11 Jul 2018

A new crepes and waffle concept is to launch in London, on the site of the Firezza restaurant in Soho

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