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    Sales up at Wagamama


    Wagamama has reported strong results for both eat in and delivery in Q3, seeing an uplift in sales and EBITDA.

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    Peter Martin: Creating the playbook


    When David Campbell took on the top job at Wagamama one of the first things he did was start to read. The book was The Way of the Noodle, part written and inspired by Wagamama’s enigmatic creator Alan Yau.

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    Farquhar departs Wagamama


    Wagamama chief marketing officer Ross Farquhar has left the TRG-owned restaurant group.

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    Eat Out to Help Out a billion pound bonanza


    Eat Out to Help Out has worked better than expected. With four days left of the scheme, 64 million meals have been ‘sold’ with 84,000 restaurants taking part, many of whom are yet to claim their money back meaning the final number of discounted meals will be far higher. Particularly as the scheme has become more popular as the weeks have gone on. Week one hit 10 million meals, in week two the total tripled to over 30 million. So it’s on a trajectory to hit, or even exceed, 100 million meals. If all of those claim back the maximum £10, Rishi could be looking at settling up a billion-pound bill, a bit like when you order lots of sides in Wagamama.

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    Karen Jones: Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace?


    So it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, pay day for many and the last EOTHO on Bank Holiday Monday. Many of our restaurants and pubs across the UK will be very busy and it seems an opportune moment to remind ourselves of the vital importance of all our places fully supporting NHS Test and Trace. Why is it so important that hospitality wholeheartedly supports NHS Test and Trace? Because hospitality offers safe spaces for people to enjoy being with friends and family. Because we are often at the centre of our communities and high streets. We have a real responsibility to keep our customers, our teams and our communities safe and well. NHS Test and Trace is a powerful way to do just that: collecting and providing the information to help break the chain of transmission and control the virus.

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    Haidilao launches first regional site


    Haidilao, China’s largest hot pot restaurant chain, is to open its first regional site in the UK.

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    Wagamama announces double closure following business review


    Wagamama is to permanently close two of its London sites, including its ‘noodle lab’ in Soho. The pan-Asian chain, which is owned by The Restaurant Group (TRG), says it made the decision following a review of the company’s portfolio brought about by a ‘marked shift’ in customer demand caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the review, it has been decided that Wagamama’s Mansion House restaurant, as well as its ‘noodle lab’ test kitchen on Dean Street, are no longer economically viable, and both sites have been closed.

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    Wagamama to reopen with sliding screen partitions


    Wagamama has announced it will reopen four sites in the coming days to trial its new sliding screen safety feature.

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    Wagamama looks to the future with reopening plan


    Wagamama CEO Emma Woods has hailed the cost-effective way the brand closed its estate, as it focusses on the safe reopening of its restaurants.

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    Deliveroo and restaurant CEOs warn of grave damage ahead


    Deliveroo has teamed up with a host of restaurant CEOs including Itsu Founder and CEO Julian Metcalfe, Pret CEO Pano Christou, Wagamama CEO Emma Woods, and Neil Manhas, GM of Pizza Hut, to urge the government to provide an increased level of support for the industry. It has sent a letter to the PM, signed by 90 CEOs representing over 1,000 restaurants, to call for action over issues including cutting VAT on restaurant food and extending the JRS for restaurants while social distancing measures remain in place.

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    Restaurant Group CVA is ‘reshaping the face of casual dining’


    The Restaurant Group’s announcement yesterday that it is proposing a CVA for it’s long-troubled leisure division was a major, if not entirely unsurprising development, in a coronavirus-dominated news cycle. Under the proposals, the company voluntary arrangement will allow for a restructure of the estate, which will see it exit ...

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    TRG launches CVA to close 125 sites


    The Restaurant Group has announced a proposal to enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) for its leisure estate.

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    Restaurant Group in talks over leisure restructure


    The Restaurant Group has confirmed it is in discussions with landlords regarding “potential restructuring options” of its leisure estate.

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    Wagamama eyes full estate open in ‘six or nine months’


    Wagamama CEO Emma Woods said the restaurant chain is preparing for a “new normal” in customer habits as it revealed its first ever collection service for customers.

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    TRG to close up to 120 sites


    The Restaurant Group is to permanently close between 100 and 120 of its leisure brands sites.

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    Frankie & Benny’s to close a “large number” of sites


    The BBC has reported that a “large number” of Frankie & Benny’s restaurants are to close. It said an email to staff sent by the Restaurant Group says many sites are “no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently. The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we’ve taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now,” the email said.

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    Sector sees another week of reopenings


    MCA rounds up the latest reopenings in the hospitality sector. 

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    Wagamama to open 67 more sites for delivery and collection


    Wagamama will reopen 67 sites for delivery and collection by the end of June, MCA can reveal. 

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    Navigating the double edged sword of delivery


    Delivery and takeaway are one of the only tangible ways left for operators to serve customers during the coronavirus outbreak. With consumers no longer able to eat out, common sense logic assumed they would simply transfer spending to delivery. Yet for various reasons, this has not played out ...

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    Wagamama to return to deliveries


    Wagamama is set to commence offering deliveries from four dark kitchens. The chain says it has devised a schedule that will allow staff to “slowly return to delivery-only work at their own discretion” as part of a “test and learn approach” for the business.