All Strada articles – Page 3

  • Meat
    Analysis & Insight

    Prices up for 55% of same-line dishes


    The price of same-line dishes have increased in more than half (55%) of cases, compared to the same period last year, according to MCA’s autumn/winter 2017 Menu Tracker, as operators look to boost margins.

  • Loch Fyne logo

    Off the hook


    Loch Fyne never delivered the returns Greene King hoped for when it paid £68m for the business. With the pub operator and brewer trying to off load the brand again, Mark Wingett ask if it is worth casting the net out for

  • News

    Analysts corner: Driven to drink


    Analysts at Liberum have given their view of the current market and their top picks for the sector, highlighting the potential for premium wet-led venues.

  • Wahaca
    Analysis & Insight

    Innovation is on the menu, but the price has to be right


    Which operators are making the greatest strides in evolving their product offer, who stands out for their approach to pricing? Steve Gotham looks at what data from MCA’s Menu Tracker can tell us on the crucial subjects of price and product innovation.

  • Honest Burgers exterior

    An Honest Approach


    This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

  • News

    Koh Thai and Buenos Aires Restaurants in merger


    High Road Restaurants BidCo, the owner of the Koh Thai Tapas chain of Thai restaurants, yesterday announced a share merger with Buenos Aires Restaurants Holdings, owner of the Buenos Aires steakhouse chain, to form a multi-branded restaurant group.

  • News

    Ex-Tragus COO joins Tootoomoo board


    James Parsons, the ex-chief operating officer of Tragus, has joined the board of Tootoomoo

  • Clive Watson

    Watson partners with daughters on vegan pub concept


    City Pub Group’s upcoming vegan pub concept will see chairman Clive Watson collaborate with his daughters, Made in Chelsea stars, Lucy and Tiffany.

  • Eating out

    Are you adding value? Part 2


    Yesterday I wrote that the UK’s hospitality industry was facing a period of fundamental change, with the threat of a significant gap developing in parts of the sector. This morning the focus falls on the value of delivery, technology, experience, property, investment (does private equity have a duty of care?) and protecting your reputation

  • Going out spending down 4pp

    Are you adding value? Part 1


    With the next quarterly rent call at the end of March looming, the sector is set to enter a crucial period, one that could lead to it fundamentally changing, with businesses questioning their position in it, their own values and value.

  • News

    Giggling Squid set for Harpenden


    Giggling Squid has further strengthened its openings pipeline for this year, after securing a site in Harpenden

  • Carluccio's new generation store

    Landmark gambles on new playmaker


    As it enters its eighth year of owning Carluccio’s, the Dubai-based Landmark Group has decided to make a key substitution, bringing in Mark Jones, the outgoing chief executive of Goals Soccer Centres and former head of Mecca Bingo, in a move it hopes will steady the ship and move it towards an eventual exit.

  • News

    Strada to close over a third of its estate


    Strada, the Italian restaurant chain backed by sector investor Hugh Osmond, has confirmed it has closed 11 sites

  • Strada exterior

    Strada shutters tranche of sites


    Strada, the Italian restaurant chain backed by sector investor Hugh Osmond, closed a tranche of its sites over the festive season

  • News

    Ceviche eyes regional opening


    Ceviche, the four-strong, London-based group, is exploring a launch outside the capital

  • News

    Coppa Club confirms Maidenhead plans


    Coppa Club has confirmed it is to open a new site next summer in Maidenhead’s town centre.

  • Mark Wingett

    Just popping out for a while


    You are always told to never push your luck, or as my dad used to say “don’t kick the arse out of it”, so after seven years in the privileged position of editor of MCA, it is time make sure I heed that advice and move onwards and upwards in the wider William Reed family.

  • Feng Sushi interior

    Abbasi named Feng Sushi MD


    JD Abbasi, formerly an operations director at Farmacy and Giraffe, has been appointed managing director of Feng Sushi

  • Michael Pearson

    Pearson to lead Benito’s Hat


    Michael Pearson, until recently operations director at Ping Pong, is to become managing director of Benito’s Hat

  • Zizzi logom

    Assured Azzurri


    While the majority of the casual dining sector, especially Italian-focused concepts, are coming under increasing pressure, the Azzurri Group, the operator of ASK Italian, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, continues to grow and outperform the market. On the back of its full-year results, Mark Wingett has a closer look at the business and talks to chief executive Steve Holmes