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    Turtle Bay closes two sites due to covid


    Turtle Bay closed two UK sites at the tail of its estate for the “foreseeable future”, which became inviable due to covid-19.

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    Turtle Bay in positive lfls growth


    Turtle Bay is having one of its best two-month trading periods on record, chair Jane O’Riordan has said.

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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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    Jane O’Riordan: Delivery is a learning opportunity, not an economic endeavour


    The growing number of operators choosing to re-launch or trial delivery in the past few weeks have not done so to make money, but to understand how they might operate in a post-lockdown ‘new normal,’ Jane O’Riodan, chairman of Red Engine, Turtle Bay and Caravan has said.

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    Delivery relaunches continue to grow


    Pret, Giggling Squid, Turtle Bay, Ping Pong Dim Sum and 7Bone Burger Co. are some of the latest operators to reopen sites this week for delivery and collection.

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    Turtle Bay: Social distancing 'doesn’t work' in restaurants and bars


    Turtle Bay “probably won’t be a viable business” under social distancing restrictions, founder and CEO Ajith Jayawickrema has told MCA.

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    Dishoom, Burger King and Caffé Nero remove to-go and delivery options


    Dishoom, Burger King and Caffé Nero are among the latest operators to announce a full estate-wide closure, removing collection, takeaway and delivery options. 

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    All’s fair in love and restaurants – how did the operators line up to fight for the Valentine’s share of wallet?


    If French is the language of love, then presumably a French restaurant should be where I head with my true love on Valentine’s Day. Certainly, the leading French chains are using several seduction techniques to secure my custom – and for good reason. February is a slow trading month and an event where consumers might be more inclined to loosen the purse strings for fear of having their heart strings damaged, is well worth aiming to capitalise upon. So who offered what on the big day?

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    Review of the Year Part Two


    When England achieved the impossible, and destroyed the indestructible All Blacks in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup, it looked like it was going to be a bumper day for hospitality on the day of the final. The UK would wake up early and hit the pubs and bars first thing to watch England win the final, followed by trips to restaurants, followed by pubs, bars and clubs, before ending up slumped on the sofa trying to focus on the highlights and order a Deliveroo. All England had to do was win.

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    Turtle Bay profits down by two thirds


    Turtle Bay’s profits have been slashed by more than two thirds to £1.4m, its latest accounts show.

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    Drowning in plain sight


    Oh, we don’t like to be beside the seaside. It wasn’t always like this, coastal towns used to thrive on hoards of tourists flocking to the beach to lick ice creams, feed chips to seagulls, have fun on the pier and paddle in the channel. But in the 1960s the rising popularity of relatively exotic package holidays to sunny Europe saw numbers drop and the trend never stopped.

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    Turtle Bay appoints new CFO and head of people


    Caribbean restaurant and bar group, Turtle Bay, makes two senior appointments to its executive team.

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    Turtle Bay: ‘We keep away from industry noise’


    Turtle Bay has had a quiet two years, but with reinforcements to the senior team and turnover approaching £70m, the Caribbean social concept looks to be making moves for a sale. In a rare interview, founder Ajith Jayawickrema explains how the bar and restaurant brand has the potential for 100 sites – but not necessarily under his stewardship.

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    New adventures


    Tom Kidd, managing director of Adventure Bar Group, talks to Jo Bruce about expansion plans, its Leicester Square opening, and a new name.

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    July 2019


    This month, amid a choppy political climate, Peter Martin looks at Michael Gove’s appointment of Henry Dimbleby to create a new food strategy for the UK. Meanwhile Jasper Reid reports back from the US, where different states can have wildly different operating costs and requirements that every UK operator should be aware of before taking the plunge across the Atlantic.
    Meanwhile, columnist Dominic Walsh recounts an awkward encounter with Luke Johnson at Wimbledon, Public Health England CEO Duncan Selbie pens an open letter to the eating out industry imploring it to do more to tackle the obesity epidemic, and there are round-ups of the latest MCA Pub Conference, the Directors Club dinner and FD Leaders evening. This issue also profiles Turtle Bay, catches up with Patty & Bun and talks to Mexican concept Tocaya Organica and Sub Cult, as well as delivering a round-up of the latest news and openings.

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    Brandwatch: Turtle Bay


    The Piper-backed Caribbean restaurant operator has arguably flown under the radar for longer than other casual dining brands. Now, having grown to 42 sites in the UK, MCA’s Georgi Gyton takes a look at the performance of the group and examines current consumer sentiment.

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    Evolving before our eyes


    The pace of change is speeding up and nowhere is this clearer than in the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector. Over the last five years, AlixPartners and CGA’s Market Growth Monitor has tracked some seismic changes across the industry – from the drinks-led renaissance to the burgeoning impact of delivery. There’s not been a dull moment, say AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel.

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    Adventure Bar confirms location of ninth site


    Adventure Bar has confirmed it has secured the Pillars of Hercules in Greek Street, Soho – one of the Be At One pubs that Stonegate acquired last summer – for its ninth opening, MCA has learnt.

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    Jane O’Riordan joins Caravan as chairman


    Jane O’Riordan has been appointed chairman at Caravan Restaurants.

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    Turtle Bay appoints Be At One’s Gregory as ops director


    Adam Gregory has left Be At One to join Turtle Bay as its new operations director.