All Wasabi articles – Page 2

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    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.

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    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.

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    SushiDog widens reach with virtual kitchens


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

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    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).

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    Wasabi secures investment from Capdesia and Sushiro


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

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    Analysis & Insight

    Heating up: Itsu’s growing hot food sales


    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.

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    Gotham’s Easter quiz


    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.

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    Generation Next: SushiDog


    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.

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    Weekend press round-up 9-10 March 2019


    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


    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.

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    Sushimania looks to add up to four this year


    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.

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    M&S adjusts Wasabi partnership


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

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    By Chloe set to open third UK site


    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.

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    Capdesia amongst Wasabi bidders


    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.

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    PE firms circle Wasabi


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

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    Benihana confirms Glasgow


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

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    Analysis & Insight

    Needs must


    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.

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    Click & collect orders up 70% at Prezzo


    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.

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    Minor eyes UK rollout for Benihana


    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.

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    Wasabi strengthens M&S tie-up


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