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  • Patty and Bun
    Opinion

    Patty & Bun: 'Complacency is death'

    2019-07-10T07:49:00Z

    Joe Grossman’s London-centric chain Patty & Bun is responding to challenges in the premium burger market with two new concepts and the launch of several vegan dishes, as Restaurant magazine’s Joe Lutrario finds out.

  • Young people eating and talking in a casual dining restaurant
    Opinion

    Evolving before our eyes

    2019-07-09T07:15:00Z

    The pace of change is speeding up and nowhere is this clearer than in the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector. Over the last five years, AlixPartners and CGA’s Market Growth Monitor has tracked some seismic changes across the industry – from the drinks-led renaissance to the burgeoning impact of delivery. There’s not been a dull moment, say AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel.

  • Jamie's Italian Restaurant Group (Large)
    Opinion

    Beware second half weakness

    2019-07-08T07:03:00Z

    At the halfway point of the year it seems appropriate to examine the wider economic picture

  • Supply chain concerns
    Opinion

    The Cinderella discipline

    2019-07-05T07:18:00Z

    It can often take a crisis for some boards to recognise the value within a well-managed supply chain. Prestige Purchasing’s chairman, David Read, asks why that is and suggests the hospitality sector could learn a lot from the retail supply chain model.

  • Greggs vegan sausage roll WEB
    Opinion

    All aboard the vegan express

    2019-07-04T07:25:00Z

    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham looks at the rise and rise of veganism and its impact on menu development over the past two years.

  • DTLA Interior (3)
    Opinion

    Crest of a Mexican wave

    2019-07-03T07:30:00Z

    Californian-based Mexican concept Tocaya Organica has grown to 15 sites in just three years and has plans for nationwide as well international expansion. Kerstin Kuhn speaks with parent company The Madera Group’s president Michael Tanha about what sets Tocaya Organica apart from its competitors, and its plans for investment.

  • new york america usa
    Opinion

    Going Global: All gone to look for America II

    2019-07-02T07:44:00Z

    In the second of a two-part column on expansion in the US, Jasper Reid looks at the possibilities for operators in the home of the brave – just don’t forget to swot up on the costs and logistical hurdles you’ll face.

  • Clive Schlee
    Opinion

    Change is afoot

    2019-07-02T07:44:00Z

    This year has already seen the departure of a fair few long-standing chief executives in the eating and drinking out sector, with the news that Clive Schlee will be stepping down from his role at Pret after 16 years sure to have caused a few surprised expressions yesterday. MCA’s deputy editor Georgi Gyton looks at the legacy he will leave, and what his departure may mean for Pret. Featuring additional commentary from MCA contributing editor Peter Martin.

  • Wine
    Opinion

    Wine glass half empty?

    2019-07-01T07:21:00Z

    MCA market insight director Steve Gotham discusses why wine is losing out to other alcohol categories and suggests that lack of innovation may be to blame.

  • Gareth Bath Curious
    Opinion

    Leap of faith

    2019-06-28T07:37:00Z

    The difference between punk idealists BrewDog and Chapel Down’s Curious Brewery is not quite as vast as one might believe. Gareth Bath explains what’s happening with his new calling. The Morning Advertiser’s Stuart Stone reports.

  • Hungry Horse exterior
    Opinion

    Analysts corner: Greene King

    2019-06-28T07:37:00Z

    Following the brewer and pub operator’s full year results announcement yesterday, leading analysts from Liberum, Peel Hunt and Hargreaves Lansdown give their views on what the results mean.

  • paul morris BDO
    Opinion

    Your next deal: five ways to prepare from Day 1

    2019-06-28T07:36:00Z

    After completing a private equity deal, going back to day to day business as usual would be a mistake. Founders should start preparing for a profitable exit from day one, writes Paul Morris, head of growth advisory at BDO

  • tech roundtable 3
    Opinion

    The leading edge in IT and digital marketing

    2019-06-27T07:54:00Z

    As part of our Agenda series of roundtable discussions, MCA – in partnership with US-based digital marketing solutions leader Punchh – brought together marketing and IT directors from diverse, sector-leading UK operators for a debate on tech and digital marketing. Hosted by James Wallin, here are the highlights from the day.

  • Pod exterior
    Opinion

    Keeping it healthy – no guarantee to staying alive…

    2019-06-27T07:54:00Z

    MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham delves deeper in the problems faced by the likes of healthier eating chains Pod, Filmore & Union and Vital Ingredient, and discovers that it’s not all black and white when it comes to value for money.

  • Fred L Dec 2018 - website
    Opinion

    Give lease a chance

    2019-06-26T07:58:00Z

    New leasing standards will foster greater transparency and comparability for retail, leisure and hospitality operators, writes RSM’s Fred Larquetoux

  • Hart-Group-coal-drop-yards-Parrillan-restaurant-opening-Kings-Cross-spanish_wrbm_large
    Opinion

    Harts Group: madmen or visionaries?

    2019-06-26T07:57:00Z

    Last year Harts Group opened four venues at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. Despite lower than expected footfall at the development, the group has doubled down with a fifth, Parrillan. So are the trio behind it madmen or visionaries? Restaurant magazine editor Stefan Chomka reports.

  • Delivery
    Opinion

    Unwrapping delivery

    2019-06-25T07:51:00Z

    The media is not short of analysis of why Amazon has shut its US restaurant delivery business – and what it could mean for the long-term shape of delivery globally, writes Peter Martin.

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    Opinion

    Northern soul

    2019-06-21T07:52:00Z

    Liverpool has a hot new destination for eating out with the opening of Duke Street Food & Drink Market this week in a 100-year-old refurbished warehouse.

  • Foxlow
    Opinion

    The not so fantastic Foxlow

    2019-06-20T07:51:00Z

    Following the demise of Hawksmoor’s secondary brand, MCA director Steve Gotham looks at the sensitivty of spend per head, and how value for money perceptions critically vary at different price points

  • Opinion

    OK computer

    2019-06-20T07:46:00Z

    Labelled by some as the flat white economy, the growth of freelance work culture, particular in the Millennial-dominated digital industries, has led to a familiar site in coffee shops – heads buried in laptops, eking out cups of coffee.