Stefan Chomka is editor of Restaurant magazine, a title for which he has worked since 2008. His specialist fields include food, eating, restaurants, eating, culinary trends, lunch, chefs, dinner and eating and he has an expanding waistline and cholesterol score to prove it.
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Rockfish CEO Mitch Tonks: Lockdown made us realise our staff model was unsustainable
The co-founder of Rockfish restaurant group and fine dining restaurant The Seahorse on streamlining his business post lockdown, changing his approach to staff and weathering the coming winter.
Jeremy King: ‘The pandemic will provide a platform for the next generation’
The co-founder of Corbin & King discusses reopening most of his estate, trying to launch a restaurant during the pandemic; the mixed bag of dealing with landlords and what he hopes the positive sides of the pandemic will be.
Debt enforcement moratorium still needed - MCA poll
More than half of operators, (54%) said that their landlord had refused to offer any concessions, with an additional 34% saying that negotiations were ongoing, according to the latest weekly Hospitality Leaders Poll by MCA Insight/HIM. The results highlight further the need for a debt enforcement moratorium, one of the key pillars of Hospitality Union’s original six-point action plan, to give both commercial tenants and landlords breathing space against litigation.
Patty & Bun: ‘How you treat people now will define you forever’
How restaurant businesses act now in terms of dealing with their staff, suppliers and customers will mark them out for the future once the lockdown restrictions have been lifted, Patty & Bun founder Joe Grossman has said.
United We Stand - Kate Nicholls on the coronavirus crisis
You’ve put questions to the government on its wage relief - what answers have you received so far? We got the much-needed confirmation that the Government will roll-out a Job Retention Scheme providing grants to cover 80% of wages. We had been pushing the Government very hard on this and it was absolutely vital that support was provided to ensure that employees would still receive money and businesses supported. We are still awaiting detail on the scheme
Corbin and King announce two more restaurants
Corbin and King are opening two new restaurants in London, one in the City and another in Notting Hill.
Pepper Collective announces slew of projects
Temper founder Neil Rankin and former Benugo CEO Handley Amos are heading up a restaurant division that will provide investment and expertise to restaurateurs to launch new ventures.
Roxy Leisure secures £7.5m growth backing from Foresight
Social entertainment bar group Roxy Leisure has received a £7.5m investment from Foresight Group to help it support its expansion.
Jo Fleet named ‘unsung hero’
Flat Iron, Wagamama, Caravan and Lina Stores were among winners at Restaurant magazine’s R200 Awards held in London last night (4 December).
A fresh wave of American concepts have crossed the pond in recent years, and more are on their way. Why is the UK so appealing to US brands, and do we still want them?
Kerb: ‘There’s room for more food halls in London’
The founder and CEO of street food collective KERB discuss Seven Dials Market, the two-floor market and restaurant hub located in a former banana and cucumber warehouse that opens this month in Covent Garden
Eggslut eyes 10 for UK
US-based casual dining brand Eggslut is looking to open around 10 restaurants in the UK in the coming years following the launch of its debut UK site in London’s Notting Hill, MCA’s sister title Big Hospitality reports.
Coqfighter to opens first bricks and mortar site
Fried chicken restaurant Coqfighter will open its first table-service restaurant, in Soho, at the end of this month.
Dodo Pizza to open second UK site
Russian-based tech-focused pizzeria brand Dodo Pizza will open a second restaurant in the UK later this month.
Corbin & King launches drive to employ more over-50s
Restaurant group Corbin & King has launched an initiative to employ more people over the age of 50 in a move that it believes will create a better and more diverse workforce.
Bundobust eyes investment; set for Liverpool
Bundobust is started talks regarding taking on new investment, as it gears up to secure a site in Liverpool
The pizza perfectionists
Neapolitan pizza player Santa Maria opens its third restaurant later this month – but don’t expect to see one on every street corner any time soon. Stefan Chomka reports
Erskine to launch Pure Filth concept
Chef Gizzi Erskine and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson are set to launch healthy vegetarian burger restaurant Pure Filth early next year
Yorkshire pub named world’s best restaurant
The Black Swan at Oldstead in North Yorkshire has been named as the best restaurant in the world, according to TripAdvisor.
Kazutoshi confirms details of Soho restaurant
Master sushi chef Endo Kazutoshi has confirmed he will open a sushi restaurant in London’s Soho this winter.