All Wasabi articles – Page 2

  • YO!KITCHEN.1247
    News

    Say hello to the newest version of Yo!

    2019-10-09T07:03:00Z

    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
    News

    Yapster raises £2.6m

    2019-10-07T07:37:00Z

    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
    News

    SushiDog widens reach with virtual kitchens

    2019-08-28T07:35:00Z

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

  • wasabi
    News

    Frederic Lluch steps down as MD of Wasabi

    2019-07-11T08:00:00Z

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

  • wasabi
    News

    Wasabi secures investment from Capdesia and Sushiro

    2019-05-10T06:08:00Z

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

  • Itsu gyoza
    Analysis & Insight

    Heating up: Itsu’s growing hot food sales

    2019-05-03T06:29:00Z

    The grab-and-go chain’s group marketing director speaks to MCA’s sister title Food Spark about how past successes are informing future menu development.

  • Quiz
    Opinion

    Gotham’s Easter quiz

    2019-04-18T07:21:00Z

    With the Easter bank holiday weekend almost upon us, MCA’s market insight director Steve Gotham offers up a bit of a light-hearted break from the norm with a test of your knowledge of the eating and drinking out market.

  • Sushidog
    News

    Generation Next: SushiDog

    2019-04-04T07:45:00Z

    Many early-stage operators spend time proving their concept in street food and pop-ups. Not so SushiDog, which served its first sushi roll at Europe’s biggest shopping centre, Westfield London.

  • Pile of newspapers
    News

    Weekend press round-up 9-10 March 2019

    2019-03-11T07:03:00Z

    Tortilla exploring options The restaurant chain Tortilla has been placed on the block by its backers, including the private equity firm Quilvest. The Mexican food chain, which is opening its 37th UK site this week, has appointed advisers from Spayne Lindsay. Sunday Times HSBC chokes on ...

  • Analysis & Insight

    Opportunities despite knocks

    2019-01-21T08:16:00Z

    The next 12 months will be another tough year for the UK’s eating and drinking-out sector, and the gulf between great operators and the rest will widen. However, with 2018 proving there were still opportunities to grow and secure investment, AlixPartners’ Graeme Smith considers the outlook for 2019.

  • Sushi
    News

    Sushimania looks to add up to four this year

    2019-01-17T09:20:00Z

    Sushimania is looking to add another three or four sites to its estate in the next 12 months, and is currently negotiating on sites in St Albans and Camden, MCA understands.

  • Wasabi exterior
    News

    M&S adjusts Wasabi partnership

    2019-01-11T08:32:00Z

    Two of the Wasabi counters operated in Marks & Spencer stores have closed, MCA understands, although the retailer insists the partnership will continue.

  • By Chloe
    News

    By Chloe set to open third UK site

    2019-01-03T08:45:00Z

    By Chloe, the plant-based fast casual concept, is set to launch its third UK venue, with an opening lined up in the Icon Outlet at O2 complex.

  • Wasabi interior
    News

    Capdesia amongst Wasabi bidders

    2018-12-06T09:04:00Z

    London-based private equity firm Capdesia, which was founded last year by Christopher Unrath and Niels Lorijn, formerly of US private debt firm CapitalSpring, is one of the remaining bidders to acquire a stake in Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain.

  • Wasabi interior
    News

    PE firms circle Wasabi

    2018-11-30T08:34:00Z

    A handful of private equity firms are in the running to acquire a stake in Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain.

  • Benihana
    News

    Benihana confirms Glasgow

    2018-11-23T08:23:00Z

    Benihana, the global Japanese teppanyaki concept, has confirmed its first UK site in eight years will open in Glasgow.

  • Bella Italia exterior
    Analysis & Insight

    Needs must

    2018-11-05T08:35:00Z

    The Casual Dining Group (CDG) and Wasabi were both featured in the press over the weekend, linked with the need to make necessary changes to their businesses. One is taking a proactive approach to bring landlords to the table to discuss issues it faces with rental levels at a handful of sites, while the other claims it is looking for an injection of capital to support its next phase of growth. But, is one being more realistic with itself and the impact of the current harsh trading environment than the other, asks Mark Wingett.

  • Prezzo Crawley interior
    News

    Click & collect orders up 70% at Prezzo

    2018-09-27T08:18:00Z

    Prezzo, the TPG-backed Italian restaurant chain, has grown sales from click-and-collect orders by 70% within just one month of a new partnership with online ordering platform, Orderswift.

  • News

    Minor eyes UK rollout for Benihana

    2018-09-26T08:40:00Z

    Minor Hotels, the Thailand-based hospitality group, which acquired a stake in Japanese restaurant group Benihana earlier this year, is exploring further expansion opportunities for the brand in the UK, after strengthening its management team here, MCA has learnt.

  • Wasabi
    News

    Wasabi strengthens M&S tie-up

    2018-08-03T08:16:40.273Z

    Wasabi, the sushi and bento chain, has strengthened its partnership with Mark & Spencer, opening three new counters.