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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.

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    Gunwharf Quays – Restaurant and retail therapy a plenty!


    With more than 30 bars, cafés and restaurants (as well as over 90 shops) Gunwharf Quays offers an abundance of opportunities for plenty of remedial treatment. Supported by its impressive waterfront location, attractive design and assorted leisure-related reasons to visit, Gunwharf Quays is one of the UK’s finest outlet shopping centres. So amongst some Christmas shopping, I was keen to see how it is using its extensive assortment of Food & Beverage purveyors to both restore weary shoppers as well as to act as a footfall driver in its own right. But also, and more critically, I was keener to see some something new and surprising.

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    Jollibee heading for Liverpool


    Filipino fried chicken chain Jollibee is set to open its second UK site in Liverpool.

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    A culinary postcard from Jordan


    One of the greatest attributes of the UK casual dining scene is its sheer diversity and multi-cultural richness. It has been supported by a long history of international migration and more recently, by assorted entrepreneurs looking to bring a taste of their childhood to their relocated adulthood (for example, Tony Kitous at Comptoir Libanais and Nisha Katona at Mowgli) and by inspired travellers looking to replicate assorted food and beverage delights on their return home (not least Mark Lilley at Abokado and Stephen and Juliette Wall at Pho).

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    Delivery versus in-house: What’s the difference in price?


    I had a Deliveroo from Pho the other day. As nice as the Vietnamese curry always is, I was charged £11.25 for a dish that costs £10.50 in their Guildford restaurant. This started a small chain reaction of looking at other Pho price differentials, and then a few other restaurant chains. At Pho, the use of higher prices on Deliveroo was pretty much universal. Starter prices were typically 20p-30p dearer on dishes that mainly range between £4.95-£6.95, equating to a 4-6% premium on delivery.

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    ​Bleecker appoints Smith as FD


    Bleecker Burger has appointed former Chilango financial director Antonia Smith in the same role, MCA understands.

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    Döner Haus heading to Manchester Corn Exchange


    Berlin-style kebab concept Döner Haus is opening in Manchester’s Corn Exchange in October, MCA understands.

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    Analysis & Insight

    The leading edge in IT and digital marketing


    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.

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    Coronation street


    For any company succession planning is an absolute priority but for founder-led businesses it can present particular challenges. How can you ever replace a founder and how should they be involved in the process? MCA editor James Wallin talks to recruitment experts to get their view on the pitfalls of managing succession. They discuss what the sector can learn from examples such as Loungers as well as examining a high-profile internal promotion yesterday, in James Spragg’s succession to chief executive at Casual Dining Group.

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    Pheby launches Salt and Smoke Rib Club


    Pheby Foods has launched another virtual brand, Salt and Smoke Rib Club.

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    Wok&Go signs franchise deal for 37 London sites


    Wok&Go, the Pheby Food Concepts quick service brand, has signed a franchise master franchise deal for 37 sites in London over the next 10 years, MCA has learnt.