Roberto Costa and Simona Ranieri

Macellaio RC founder teams up with Ranieri

20 Mar 2018

Macellaio RC founder Roberto Costa has teamed up with Italian chef Simona Ranieri for a new gluten, sugar and dairy free restaurant concept, MCA has learnt.

Jamie Oliver

Barbecoa debts revealed

15 Mar 2018

Barby Ltd, the holding company for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa brand, owed £3m to approximately 150 unsecured creditors and £3.7m to HSBC, the administrators’ report shows.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver brings in transformation partner

21 Mar 2018

The Jamie Oliver Group has appointed KBS Albion, the creative transformation partner, to work on customer-led product and service innovation projects

Old Compton Brasserie

Maxwell’s confirms Old Compton Brasserie opening

21 Mar 2018

Maxwell’s Restaurant Group has confirmed that it will be opening a new concept – Old Compton Brasserie, this summer.

Wagamama app

Wagamama launches walk out payment app

21 Mar 2018

Wagamama has launched an app giving customers a “walk out” payment option after a trial at selected restaurants.

KerbEdge to launch Darlington site

21 Mar 2018

KerbEdge, the Hull based burger concept, is eyeing a new site in Darlington’s Dolphin Centre, MCA understands.

Bulmer takes Fat Duck Group CEO role

20 Mar 2018

James Bulmer, managing partner of investment fund and son of former Michelin Guide editor Derek Bulmer, has become the new chief executive of the Fat Duck Group, the Heston Blumenthal-led company, MCA understands.

Pieminister to roll out pie & ice cream format

20 Mar 2018

Pieminister is planning a rollout for its latest format which introduced an ice cream offer to complement its core range of pies.

Redemption lines up South Bank site

20 Mar 2018

Redemption, the healthy-eating alcohol-free restaurant concept, plans to open two new sites in London off the back of a crowdfunding campaign, before moving onto international franchising.

Wrapchic extends Midlands reach

20 Mar 2018

Indian burrito concept Wrapchic is to open sites in Birmingham International Airport and Walsall this week as it extends its reach in the Midlands.

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Carluccio's new generation store

Hold your Italian stallions

05 Mar 2018

This weekend Carluccio’s became the latest business to come under the spotlight. The wider press is smelling more CVA blood and before we talk another sector business down that route, Mark Wingett asks whether we should hold our horses a minute on this one?

Cafe Rouge exterior

CDG looks to spread the risk

02 Mar 2018

Experience counts and judging from the latest trading update from the Casual Dining Group (CDG) it is helping the business combat the current nervousness spreading across the market. Its latest trading update paints a picture of a resilient business diversifying to spread the risks thrown up by a soft market and producing an impressive EBITDA performance when put up against the barrage of costs it has had to absorb. Mark Wingett looks at what else it has up its sleeve.

Honest Burgers exterior

An Honest Approach

09 Feb 2018 | By Mark Wingett

This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.


Fox foots bill for lack of exit

31 Jan 2018

Mark Fox yesterday became the latest sector head to leave his post, as the shareholders of Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, seemingly lost patience in their search for an exit and looked to ex-Punch chief executive Duncan Garrood to lead the c80-strong business

Gaucho sign

Saddled with a tough task

12 Jan 2018

Asked last year what book he had read that had inspired him, Oliver Meakin, the incoming, new chief executive of Gaucho and CAU picked Jack Welch’s 4E’s of Leadership. Speaking about why the book resonated with him he said: “as a leader, I believe it is important to have huge energy, to be able to energise an organisation, to be able to execute and have the edge to make the tough decisions”. Within his new role, he will need to call on all three of those principles

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