All MCA Insight articles in November 2013

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  • Eren Ali, Las Iguanas

    Las Iguanas to explore options


    Las Iguanas, the Bowmark Capital-backed chain, is on the verge of appointing advisers to explore options for the group, which could lead to a possible sale of the 32-strong brand, M&C Report understands

  • Flaming Grill from Spirit

    Spirit eyes brands expansion


    Spirit Group plans to open up to 20 new sites across the UK over the next 15 months under its Flaming Grill, Fayre & Square and Taylor Walker brands

  • Greene King logo

    French predicts robust H1 for Greene King


    Leading analyst Simon French has reiterated his Hold recommendation and 750p Target Price for Greene King ahead of its half-year results on 3 December, predicting a “robust” performance for the brewer and pub operator

  • News

    Former Fat Cat leaseholds sold for £50k-£95k


    The leases of three bars formerly operated by Fat Cat Café Bars, which was placed in administration in April, have been sold for sums between £50,000 and £95,000 each, according to a new report from its administrator Cooper Parry

  • News

    Nostalgia Inns reveals AGA carvery tie-in


    Nostalgia Inns, the Midlands-based operator of country pubs, is undertaking a partnership with oven maker AGA to offer customers the “next generation carveries” from early next year

  • M&C20 Index 29 November

    Eclectic joins the M&C20 ranks


    Eclectic Bars was this week inducted into the M&C20, after its listing on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) yesterday

  • Bill's

    Bill’s eyes Bluewater opening


    Bill’s Restaurants, the fast-growing Richard Caring-backed chain, is closing in on a site in Bluewater, Kent, M&C Report understands

  • Fuller's Tap on the Line

    Fuller’s re-opens the Tap on the Line


    Fuller’s, the London based family brewer, has completed one of its latest major refurbishments with the opening of The Tap on the Line – the only pub that sits on a London underground station, at Kew Gardens

  • Marston's Pedigree

    Analyst corner


    Douglas Jack at Numis says Marston’s is a buying opportunity following its full-year results yesterday, with medium-long term growth prospects “significantly enhanced”

  • News

    Gaucho appoints new executive chef


    Gaucho, the Argentinean steakhouse concept led by Zeev Godik, has appointed Brett Duarte as executive chef to oversee the company’s restaurants in the UK and Dubai

  • News

    Branded managed operators 'perform stronger in recession'


    Branded managed houses and pub chains will see more success than tenancies and freetraders during economic uncertainty because consumers feel more confident in the consistency of their offer, according to a pub industry veteran

  • News

    Abrahamovitch eyes Grind roll out


    David Abrahamovitch and Kaz James, foounders of Shoreditch Grind, the independent espresso bar on London’s Old Street roundabout, are believed to be close to securing to further sites for the fledgling format

  • News

    EMROs and late-night levies a 'significant threat'


    Late night restrictions on premises via early morning restriction orders (EMROs) and late-night levies (LNLs) present a “significant threat to business development in this sector”, Poppleston Allen partner Clare Eames told the MA300 conference in London

  • News

    Focus on experience to allow for price elasticity


    The on-trade needs to focus on providing an experience to allow for price elasticity, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) chief executive David McHattie told the MA300 conference in London

  • News

    Amber secures former Tchenguiz site


    Amber Taverns, the fast growing operator of wet led community pubs, has continued its expansion after exchanging on a site in York that was formerly part of Robert Tchenguiz’s pub empire R&L Properties

  • Soup

    A sales opportunity, just for starters


    While US consumers most often order starters for consumption prior to a meal, a good proportion of them are purchased as main dishes, sides or snacks, says Darren Tristano, senior managing director of Technomic, the Chicago-based foodservice consultancy and research firm

  • Wadworth

    Wadworth reveals January promotions


    Wadworth, the Wiltshire brewer and pub operator, has revealed details of a series of January promotions that it plans to hold at 34 managed pubs

  • Conall Wolsey of Beannchor

    Friday five-minute interview


    M&C Report talks to Conall Wolsey, managing director of Beannchor, the Northern Ireland-based leisure and hospitality group, about his best investment, his best business decision and the best piece of advice he’s ever received

  • News

    Sheps invests £100k in Bexleyheath pub


    Shepherd Neame, the Kent-based brewer and pub operator, has re-opened a pub in Bexleyheath, south east London, following a £100,000 investment

  • TGI Friday

    TGI’s eyes 40 non-traditional sites


    TGI Friday’s UK believes it can operate up to 40 sites under non-traditional formats, including a transport hub concept, which would eventually see its total estate grow to 120 units