Byron

RCapital and Boparan not in Byron talks

14 Dec 2017

RCapital and Boparan Restaurant Group have both distanced themselves from the current sales process for Byron

Bird

Bird secret survey lays bare delivery shortcomings

08 Dec 2017

BIRD, the fried chicken restaurant concept, commissioned a survey into consumer experiences of its food via home delivery, which co-founder Paul Hemings said laid bare the issues with the fast-growing segment, MCA can reveal.

Zizzi counter at Sainsbury's Balham store

Zizzi partners with Sainsbury’s to offer pizza-to-go

08 Dec 2017

Azzurri Group chief executive Steve Holmes has told MCA he would be keen to expand the partnership between Zizzi and Sainsbury’s if the pilot proves a success.

Daisy Green secures OakNorth funding

15 Dec 2017

The Daisy Green Collection is set for further expansion after securing a new debt finance deal worth £3.4m through OakNorth

Domino’s secures new £350m facility

14 Dec 2017

Domino’s has secured a new £350m revolving credit facility through a syndicate of seven banks and proposed increasing its stake in Domino’s Iceland.

Arlo’s doubles up

14 Dec 2017

Arlo’s, the steak-led concept from Tom McNeile, has opened its second site

UberEats partners with Leon for “fix up feast”

14 Dec 2017

UberEats has partnered with Leon to create a “fix up feast” bundle designed to help customers survive festive hangovers

Hallsworth seeks funding for Freak Scene

14 Dec 2017

Kurobuta founder Scott Hallsworth is negotiating investment to fund a bricks and mortar site for his Pan Asian restaurant and bar concept Freak Scene.

Famous Brands appoints new GBK MD

13 Dec 2017

Famous Brands has appointed a new management team for Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), including a new managing director – Derrian Nadauld

Wagamama appoints new US MD

13 Dec 2017

Wagamama has appointed Burton Heiss, formerly chief executive of Nando’s USA, as its new managing director for the US

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Little Chef

Big deal for Little Chef

22 Nov 2017 | By Lawrence Wosskow

The glory days of Little Chef may be behind it, but it remains one of the most famous brands in the history of the UK’s eating-out scene. Lawrence Wosskow was a key figure in the Little Chef story – having owned the company in the 2000s, but his route to acquiring the brand was anything but easy

Busaba Eathai Interior

What now for Busaba?

10 Nov 2017 | By Mark Wingett

In 2008, Phoenix Equity Partners signed a deal to back restaurant entrepreneur Alan Yau, investing £21.5m in the rollout of the then three-strong Busaba Eathai casual dining chain. Next June will mark the 10th anniversary of that deal and if the company hopes to finally exit the now 15-strong group by then you wonder if it will get anywhere near recouping that initial investment.

Gaucho sign

Steering in a new direction

10 Nov 2017 | By Dominic Walsh

The shock exit of Gaucho Group’s long-serving CEO Zeev Godik yesterday, hot on the heels of a change of chairman, has left a number of questions unanswered. Dominic Walsh looks back at Godik’s long tenure and asks what the news means for the sector.

Zizzi logom

Assured Azzurri

17 Oct 2017

While the majority of the casual dining sector, especially Italian-focused concepts, are coming under increasing pressure, the Azzurri Group, the operator of ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, continues to grow and outperform the market. On the back of its full-year results, Mark Wingett has a closer look at the business and talks to chief executive Steve Holmes

Iberica Spinningfields

​Numbers add up for Ibérica

06 Oct 2017

From data analysis of its portfolio to an appreciation for British rivals, founder of Ibérica, Marco Fernandez Pardo, is carving through the choppy water of Brexit – something he believes will take the UK ‘down the toilet’. Finn Scott-Delany speaks to the Spanish economist

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