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    Openings of the week


    MCA rounds-up this week’s biggest openings stories, featuring Inception Group, Pho, Roxy Leisure, Flat Iron and more

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    Pho posts return to profit


    The Vietnamese chain has posted its first results since the pandemic for the year ended February 2022, with turnover increasing 109.1% to £43.7m

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    Robin Rowland: ‘Pho deal was fantastic for both sides’


    TriSpan’s Robin Rowland and Pho MD Patrick Marrinan spoke to MCA about their Investor of the Year win, why the magic of the brand lies in the founders, and its development journey since the deal

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    Pho: ‘We will maintain our regional bias’


    MD Patrick Marrinan told MCA the strength of its business outside London was a “saving grace” throughout the pandemic, with the regions to be key pillar of its annual target of up to seven new openings

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    Analysis & Insight

    ‘TikTok has completely transformed our business’


    Pho, Pizza Pilgrims and Turtle Bay tell Hostech how social media marketing has changed how they interact with customers and build loyalty 

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    How social media can ease recruitment crisis


    Libby Andrews of Pho will tell Hostech how the brand’s viral recruitment vidoes on TikTok have helped it tap into a younger segment of the workforce

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    Video: Retailers’ Retailer Awards 2022


    Watch highlights from MCA’s prestigious annual awards held at The Guildhall last month, where leaders of the sector came together to celebrate for the first time in three years

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    Pho has ‘ton of whitespace’ for expansion


    Managing director Patrick Marrinan told MCA the Vietnamese-inspired brand would up the pace of expansion under TriSpan, but at “sensible numbers”

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    Pho business proves ‘resilient’


    The Vietnamese-inspired concept said the success of its off-site dining channels allowed it to emerge from lockdowns in a strong financial position

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    Analysis & Insight

    The slow simmer of Pho


    Pho has taken a slow and steady approach to growth, seeing it reach 30 sites over 15 years. As TriSpan acquires a majority stake in the brand, Finn Scott-Delany examines the trajectory of the Vietnamese noodle specialist, and how it might be accelerated under the man who grew Yo! Sushi to 100 sites. 

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    Pho has ‘competitive advantage’ in post-pandemic landscape


    Pho, the Vietnamese restaurant group, is confident it can return to its expansion strategy once restrictions are lifted and the business has stabilised. 

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    Restaurant auction raises £225k


    A restaurant industry fundraiser led by Huw Gott of Hawksmoor and Libby Andrews of Pho has raised more than £225,000 for those hit hardest by the coronavirus lockdown.

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    Operators opt for mobile order and pay solution


    Mobile order and pay app Wi5 has seen an upsurge in new hospitality partners as operators plan for reopening. Multi-site operators including Pho, Pizza Pilgrims, Boxpark, Drake & Morgan, Puttshack, Ole & Steen and Aubaine have all signed up to the service, which will allow consumers to order and pay at table when sites reopen, limiting contact and therefore potentially making sites more ‘covid-secure.’

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    Operators announce next wave of reopenings


    Dishoom and Crussh are among the latest operators to open their doors this week, whilst the reopening programmes of Loungers, Turtle Bay, Franco Manca and more have started to pick up momentum. Of the larger to-go operators, KFC, McDonald’s and Costa have reached reopening milestones this week, whilst Greggs announced a significant acceleration in its reopening plans.

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    Sector sees another week of reopenings


    MCA rounds up the latest reopenings in the hospitality sector. 

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    Landlords threaten winding up orders over unpaid rent


    UK landlords are threatening legal action against hospitality operators after many withheld rent to preserve cash during the lockdown, the Financial Times reports.

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    Yo!, Prezzo and Byron among latest casual dining closures


    Yo!, Prezzo and Byron are some of the latest casual dining operators to temporarily close their doors.

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    Azzurri shuts entire estate


    Azzurri Group is to close all Ask, Zizzi and Coco di Mama restaurants from today, CEO Steve Holmes has announced.

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    Pho: 'Four more non-London sites are definitely in the pipeline’


    The co-founder talks about the launch of the street food chain’s first vegan menu and why it’s all about texture with Vietnamese cuisine.

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    Heather swaps Pho for Wahaca


    Pho operations director Mathew Heather has left to join Wahaca in the same role, MCA understands.