All Wasabi articles

  • wasabi

    Capdesia pumped £10.8m into Wasabi last year


    Wasabi’s backer Capdesia invested a further £10.8m into the business last year, in order to ensure it could meet its financial obligations and was well placed to invest in future growth post-pandemic.

  • Sam Bourke

    Wasabi makes senior appointments


    Wasabi Sushi & Bento has made two new senior appointments.

  • GettyImages-1214245347
    Analysis & Insight

    Investor view: ‘Huge availability of property’ coming


    Investment hunger for food-to-go opportunities will build post-pandemic and focus on category leaders and the strongest operators, MCA’s Food To Go conference has heard.

  • GettyImages-1138688089
    Analysis & Insight

    Analysis: Clinging to life in the ghost town


    London, you may have heard, is a ghost town. In the latest round of borderline dystopian statistics to surface as a result of the pandemic, just 7,000 of the 120,000 workers based in Canary Wharf are back at their desks. And although office workers across the capital may be thrilled to be without the twice daily commuter Hunger Games, for those in hospitality, a few stifling minutes on the Central line is a non-issue if the alternative is unemployment. In the last month alone, city-based to-go brands including Wasabi, Tossed, Pret and most recently Itsu have appointed advisors to assess their options, but whilst, historically, the mention of advisors might ring alarm bells, faced with the current economic climate, it could be time to shed the stigma.

  • Marugame Udon

    Capdesia backs Marugame Udon Europe JV


    Global noodle brand, Marugame Udon, will launch in London next year as part of a newly formed a joint venture between Shoryu Ramen backer Toridoll Holdings Corporation and Wasabi backer Capdesia Group.

  • Wasabi

    Wasabi hires KPMG


    Wasabi, the Capdesia backed sushi and bento brand, has hired KPMG to negotiate rent cuts, the Sunday Times reports.

  • feed nhs

    FeedNHS goes nationwide


    FeedNHS, the not-for-profit campaign launched by Leon founder John Vincent, has announced that it will be going nationwide next week.

  • News

    ​Steve Gotham: Contrasting coronavirus communications


    MCA’s Operator Data Index includes over 350 eating & drinking out chains with five outlets or more. We estimate these businesses generated a combined turnover of almost £27bn in 2019 – quite what this comparative will equate to in 2020 when the coronavirus dust eventually settles is a scary prospect. Many of these businesses have temporarily closed all operations, while a number are gallantly soldiering on with delivery or takeaway from selected locations only. Of those businesses still trading in some form, it is useful to review their online messages on how they are dealing with the coronavirus. Certainly, there are differences in how they are looking to both inform and reassure consumers.

  • Deliveroo rider

    Deliveroo, Leon, Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks lead the way on NHS fundraisers


    Over the weekend, operators including Deliveroo, Leon Yard Sale Pizza and Pizza Punks launched fundraising campaigns to support NHS staff and frontline workers. 

  • Pizza Hut

    Costa, Domino’s and Pizza Hut mass-distribute to key workers and the vulnerable


    Costa, Dominos and Pizza Hut have all launched initiatives to deliver free food and drink to key workers and vulnerable communities.

  • _MPP9827

    Loyalty, promotional planning and driving footfall


    To discuss their contrasting approaches to data collection, MCA welcomed digital and marketing leaders from a range of operators for a roundtable discussion, in association with Punchh.

  • Restaurant

    Looking for signs of life


    Graeme Smith and Craig Rachel look at M&A activity in 2019.

  • Greene King

    M&A Review of the Year


    It certainly hasn’t been a year in hospitality M&A for the faint hearted, but for those who have stuck with the sector and taken a long-term view, opportunity has knocked. Despite fears of an investor hiatus as a result of lingering uncertainty (ongoing Brexit delays certainly haven’t been helpful to M&A advisors!), the past 12 months has again proved the robustness of the M&A market in this sector, and points to further opportunities for 2020.

  • YO!-to-trial-grab-and-go-concept-in-Manchester_wrbm_large

    Yo! to trial grab and go concept in Manchester


    Yo! is to trial an express format restaurant designed for customers on the go, like a “Japanese version of Leon”, MCA’s sister title Big Hospitality reports.

  • wasabi

    Wasabi appoints Birts CEO


    Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain, has appointed Henry Birts, formerly of Pizza Hut, as its new CEO.

  • YO!KITCHEN.1247

    Say hello to the newest version of Yo!


    When Yo! Sushi arrived in the UK in 1997 it was everything casual dining wants to be in 2019. Colourful, fun, innovative and fresh, it also had entertainment on the side thanks to the novel kaiten conveyor belt that served up plates of food. Remarkably, the novelty hasn’t worn off, even after 22 years. Yo!, which dropped the ‘Sushi’ from its name in September to send a message to the squeamish that it offered more than just raw fish, reported a UK sales hike of 5% to £88.9m in July.

  • Yapster

    Yapster raises £2.6m


    Yapster, a communications platform for hospitality workers, has raised just over £2.6m as the company looks to deliver on its ambitious growth plans for 2020 and beyond.

  • Sushidog

    SushiDog widens reach with virtual kitchens


    Fusion brand SushiDog has launched a second virtual kitchen, in partnership with Deliveroo and Kitopi, MCA understands.

  • wasabi

    Frederic Lluch steps down as MD of Wasabi


    Frederic Lluch has stepped down as managing director of Wasabi Sushi & Bento, and leaves the business today (11 July).

  • wasabi

    Wasabi secures investment from Capdesia and Sushiro


    Private equity firm Capdesia has acquired a minority stake in the 55-strong Wasabi chain.