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GBK unveils transformation plan as FY lfls fall

24 May 2018

GBK plans to close six restaurants, slash its openings pipeline for this year and refresh 30 sites, as it seeks to turn around sales, which fell 6.8% on a like-for-like basis in the year to 28 February.

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Jamie’s Italian wants to “come off the discount drug”

23 May 2018

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive, Jon Knight, has told MCA that the group wants “to come off the discount drug”.

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TRG launches Burger Burger

24 May 2018

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has started trialling its delivery-only concept, Burger Burger, chief executive Andy McCue has told MCA.

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All options now on the table for Gaucho

24 May 2018

Speculation over the Gaucho business has intensified after it was revealed the company is now considering all options, including a sale of its entire business, just two weeks after hiring advisors to examine whether to close or sell its underperforming 22-strong CAU brand.


Ichibanya Co to make UK debut with Curry House brand

24 May 2018

Ichibanya Co, the Japanese company, which operates under the brand name of Curry House CoCo Ichibanya, is set to launch the concept in the UK, MCA understands.

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McKenzie steps down from Chilango

24 May 2018

Shannon McKenzie has stepped down as operational managing director at Chilango, the Mexican restaurant chain, after nine years with the company

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Itsu to double up in Oxford

24 May 2018

Itsu, the Julian Metcalfe-led chain, is to double its presence in Oxford, MCA understands.

Just Eat launches restaurant support scheme

24 May 2018

Just Eat has launched a programme aimed at giving independent restaurants a platform for growth.

Little Kolkata acquires debut site

24 May 2018

Popular supper club Little Kolkata is to open its first permanent site in Covent Garden in June.

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Gingerman to launch new format in Brighton

24 May 2018

Gingerman Restaurant Group, the Brighton & Hove-based operator, is to launch casual dining concept, Flint House, in the city’s long-awaited Haningtons development.

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Value of TGI Fridays UK drops

24 May 2018

Electra Private Equity, the backer of TGI Fridays UK, has this morning reported it has experienced a £13m drop in the fair value of the Karen Forrester-led restaurant chain over the year to 31 March 2018.


Caravan hints at regional and international expansion

24 May 2018

Caravan, the all-day dining restaurant and coffee group, could open two more sites in London, before looking at regional and international sites.

Dirty Bones to launch 'bleeding' vegan burger

24 May 2018

Dirty Bones, the NYC-inspired comfort food restaurant and cocktail bar concept, is set to become one of the first mainstream operators to launch a meatless ‘bleeding’ burger.

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Berry swaps Prezzo for Bill’s

23 May 2018

Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed restaurant chain, has appointed Colin Berry, formerly of Prezzo, as its new finance director, MCA has learnt.


Jollibee to make UK debut

23 May 2018

Jollibee, the Philippines fast food group, which was last year linked with a takeover of Pret, is to make its UK debut with its eponymous brand, MCA has learnt.

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