Tank & Paddle

Novus set to roll out Tank & Paddle concept

26 May 2017

Novus Leisure is to roll out Tank & Paddle, its wood-fired pizza and craft beer concept


Cope takes Byron MD role

16 May 2017

Simon Cope, formerly of Wagamama, has joined Byron, the Hutton Collins-backed chain, as its new managing director

Hugh Osmond

Sun puts Strada package on the market

12 May 2017

Sun Capital Partners, the Hugh Osmond-led investment vehicle, has placed a package of 16 Strada sites on the market


Wingstop to launch in UK with plans for 100 sites

10 May 2017

US chicken concept Wingstop is to launch in the UK this year ahead of a planned 100-strong rollout.

Loungers opening

Loungers hits 100 as FY lfls grow 5.3%

10 May 2017

Loungers, the Lion Capital-backed group, has reported like-for-like sales up 5.3% for the year to 23 April, as it opens its 100th site.

Atul Kochhar

Kochhar NRI concept is scalable in UK

09 May 2017

Atul Kochhar, the Michelen Star winning chef of Benares, has told MCA that his causal dining concept NRI is scalable and he would like to open more if his debut UK site in Birmingham is a success.


Manders to step down as Byron CEO

03 May 2017

Andy Manders is to step down as chief executive of Byron after less than five months in the role for “personal reasons”

Richard Hodgson

PizzaExpress FY lfls down 0.9%

03 May 2017

PizzaExpress, the Hony Capital-backed group, has reported a 0.9% decline in full-year like-for-like sales across its UK and Ireland estate

Carl Clarke and David Wolanski

Chick ‘n’ Sours to launch new concept CHIK’N

02 May 2017

The founders of Chick ‘n’ Sours are to launch a new fast-casual fried chicken concept called CHIK’N

david campbell wagamama

Campbell steps down as Wagamama CEO

26 Apr 2017

Wagamama chief executive David Campbell is to step down from his role with immediate effect, to be replaced by chief operating officer Jane Holbrook.

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YO! Bluewater

Rowland’s YO! renaissance

22 May 2017

Robin Rowland describes the moment he stepped back in as chief executive of YO! Sushi as the world starting again. Over the past 16 months, he has made sure that the brand he will have served for 18 years this year, returned to its core values, or RUCC (Respectful, Unconventional, Colourful and Confident) and with it has come the company’s mojo and an uptick in performance. Mark Wingett reports

Byron Canary Wharf

Coping mechanism

19 May 2017

With Simon Cope installed as Byron’s new managing director, does the appointment and continued search for a chief executive throw up more questions than it answers?

Food for thought

18 May 2017

The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified, argues David Chubb, Partner, Middle Markets, at PwC

Double departure examination

15 May 2017

The past few months have seen a number of high-profile departures at head offices across the eating-out sector. Dominic Walsh examines the legacy of two of the most prominent and surprising decisions to move on to pastures new

Amy's Drive Thru

Organic growth against the grain

08 May 2017

America is the land of fast food. Kerstin Kuhn profiles three new concepts trying to change the notoriously unhealthy sector, tapping into consumer demand for certified organic ingredients

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