Restaurant News


Dishoom: Third way advocate

18 Jan 2019

With the opening of their latest (and current favourite) site in Manchester, has Dishoom made the step up to national operator? Not quite, according to co-founder and chief babu Shamil Thakrar, who spoke to Finn Scott-Delany.

Honest Burgers

Honest Burgers festive lfls up 22.2%

18 Jan 2019

Honest Burgers saw like-for-like sales grow 22.2% in the three weeks to 6 January, the company has told MCA.

The Broadwick, Richoux Group

Richoux board bids to go private

18 Jan 2019

Richoux Group plans to cancel trading in its shares on AIM and re-register as a private company.

ZA by PizzaExpress

PizzaExpress to launch spin-off brand, ZA

16 Jan 2019

PizzaExpress is to launch spin-off brand, ZA, next month with an all-dining offer centred around pizza slices, MCA has learnt.

Three Joes

Three Joes to extend crowdfund after hitting £400k target

21 Jan 2019

Three Joes, the sourdough pizza restaurant concept from POD co-founders Tim Hall and Emma Blackmore, and former Byron operations director, is to extend its crowdfunding campaign after hitting its £400,000 target on Crowdcube.

Peri Experts

Dubai's Grillo to launch as The Peri Experts

18 Jan 2019

The Peri Experts, a healthy-eating chicken concept originating in Dubai, is making its UK debut in Leicester.

Chicago Rib Shack, Clapham

Chicago Rib Shack shutters two operations

18 Jan 2019

Chicago Rib Shack has closed its Aldgate East restaurant, as well as its kitchen operation within The Gipsy Queen pub in Kentish Town, MCA understands.


Further branded restaurant casualties “inevitable” in 2019

17 Jan 2019

In its annual business outlook, property agent Christie & Co has said further casualties of high street restaurant brands are “inevitable” in 2019.

Mitch Tonks

Rockfish reveals £1.5m investment

15 Jan 2019

Rockfish founder Mitch Tonks has told MCA new £1.5m minority investment from Gresham House Ventures will allow his seafood restaurant group to continue its strategy of cautiously expanding along the south coast.

Robert Clayton

Clayton's Kitchen to double up

15 Jan 2019

Robert Clayton, the former Bath Priory chef, is opening a second restaurant under his Clayton’s Kitchen concept, at the Potters Heron hotel in Hampshire, MCA understands.

Tommy Heaney

Heaney expands in Cardiff

15 Jan 2019

Chef Tommy Heaney is opening a coffee-wine bar next door to his eponymous restaurant in Cardiff.

José Pizarro to launch Surrey pub

15 Jan 2019

Jose Pizarro, the co-founder of Brindisa restaurants, is to open a pub in Surrey, MCA understands.

Koh Thai Tapas interior

Koh Thai Tapas closes Salisbury site

11 Jan 2019

Koh Thai Tapas has closed its Salisbury restaurant on Endless Street, according to the Salisbury Journal.

Grafitti closes Slims on Seal Street

11 Jan 2019

Grafitti Spirits Group, the Liverpool operator, has closed its Slims Pork Chop Express site in Seal Street.

Koya founders

Generation Next: Koya

10 Jan 2019

Koya co-founder John Devitt  discusses the virtue of noodle factories, the health benefits of udon and why food halls are a win-win for operators and consumers. 

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