All PizzaExpress articles – Page 5

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    Pizza Express receives tender offer for £80m worth of bonds


    An affiliate of Pizza Express’ owner Hony Capital is understood to have launched a tender offer to acquire up to £80m of the group’s senior notes, due in 2022.

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    Pizza Express: someone has got to take a hit somewhere


    The appointment of financial advisors this week shone a fresh spotlight on the precarious situation at Pizza Express. The celebrity figureheads at Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s had already put their crises into the public consciousness, yet the prospect of Pizza Express facing the same woes is an even bigger moment. The brand is credited with creating the concept of casual dining and is the UK’s biggest and most enduringly popular restaurant brand with 490 sites.

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    PizzaExpress hires advisers for debt talks


    PizzaExpress has hired financial adviser Houlihan Lokey to prepare for debt talks with its creditors amid continued tough trading conditions, Bloomberg reports.

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    Pizza Express: ‘We are starting to experiment with much more interesting flavours’


    Pizza Express’ food and beverage director, Jane Treasure, talks to Sarah Sharples about trends coming out of Italy, the pace required in innovation and why meat indulgence isn’t going anywhere.

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    Pizza Express to focus on upgrading sites as EBITDA falls 7.7%


    Pizza Express is to focus its capital investment on upgrading its existing estate in the UK & Ireland, rather than adding new sites, as sales remained flat in the first half of the year.

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    Peters swaps Zing Zing for Kitopi


    Zing Zing managing director Phil Peters has joined delivery rival Kitopi as head of UK expansion, MCA understands.

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    Concerns raised over PizzaExpress debt


    The cost of insuring PizzaExpress’ debt against default has risen to its highest level due to concerns over its borrowing, the Financial Times has reported.

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    Lambert departs Kitopi


    Former PizzaExpress director Neil Lambert has departed dark kitchen operator Kitopi, 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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    Dominic Walsh: A tale of three leaders


    In the latest of his monthly columns, Dominic Walsh takes a look at the conduct, successes and failures of several high-profile figures in the sector, and shares a story of an unfortunate seating arrangement at the tennis.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Reputation and rumours


    The success rate of former CEOs at Mitchells & Butlers in getting the business to fly has been questionable, but has Phil Urban cracked it? In his latest monthly column Dominic Walsh discusses how far the operator has come over the past four years – and those PizzaExpress rumours.

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    Analysis & Insight

    ’A brand that has been around for a certain amount of time can be both a gift and a curse’


    The Restaurant Group’s director of product innovation talks to Sarah Sharples at MCA’s sister title Food Spark about dish development at Frankie & Benny’s, why innovation is key to fighting casual dining woes and her hopes for sustainable eating.

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    Tonkotsu eyeing expansion after securing £5m investment


    Tonkotsu is eyeing expansion after securing a £5m investment from YFM Equity Partners. 

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    ​24-hour party pioneer


    Zonal’s Clive Consterdine has spent his working life in hospitality – as an operator and supplier, including playing a pivotal role in the development of a 24-hour licensing landscape. He talks to James Wallin about how the space race in the pub sector mirrors the current casual dining crunch and which direction he sees the wheel turning next.

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    NewRiver to double capex as it eyes further growth


    NewRiver, owner of more than 670 pubs, has revealed ambitions to double capital expenditure this year to £5.6m in its pub estate as it eyes “a number of sellers of assets” to drive its growth.

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    by CHLOE takes former Byron site in Marylebone


    by CHLOE, the vegan fast casual, has taken the former Byron site on Langham Place, Marylebone.

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    Mowgli to take PizzaExpress site in Bristol


    Mowgli Street Food is to open a new site in Bristol, on the site of the PizzaExpress at 35, Corn Street.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Calling all contemporizers – your industry needs you!


    Some of the most established brands in the sector - including YO! and PizzaExpress – have been busy re-inventing themselves over the past year, as they update the look, feel and use of space in their restaurants. MCA market insight director, Steve Gotham, welcomes the approach and asks why more leading brands are not seeking to contemporize.

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    Conveying a fresh brand message


    YO! chief executive Richard Hodgson talks to Dominic Walsh about the continued evolution of the company, as it continues to branch out into retail, food-to-go and partnerships. He also discusses international expansion and opening its first restaurant without the brand’s signature conveyor belt.

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    Women in Hospitality launches 'ones to watch' index


    Women in Hospitality 2020 (WiH2020) has launched the first edition of its Women to Watch in Hospitality, Leisure & Travel Index.