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    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 September


    Top story Yo! Sushi heads for cut-price Mayfair deal A ‎recently launched investment firm has become the new frontrunner to buy Yo! Sushi in a cut-price deal worth less than £100m. Mayfair Equity Partners has replaced Inflexion as the most likely buyer of the UK’s biggest Japanese restaurant group. Sources ...

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    Weekend press round-up 18-19 July


    Weekend press round-up 18-19 July

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    Weekend press round-up, 20-21 June


    Top story Jamie’s 10p ‘sugar tax’ on fizzy drinks Jamie Oliver is imposing his own levy on sweet drinks sold in his restaurants in protest at the government’s refusal to introduce a “sugar tax”. Oliver, the celebrity chef and restaurateur, will add a 10p charge to every drink with added ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 28-29 March


    Restaurants, fast food and takeaways Domino’s tech-loving boss likes humble pie with his pizzas Patrick Doyle did not pull any punches. “It sickens me,” he told the hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched his online apology. It was just after Easter 2009 and as the boss of Domino’s in ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 10-11 January


    A round-up of the relevant national and selected local press from the weekend

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    Weekend press round-up, 7-8 June


    Companies and results Kaye out for bigger pizza the action Catering to the taste buds of middle England is in the blood of Jonathan Kaye, who as chief executive of Prezzo is preparing for the opening in York of the Italian chain’s 200th restaurant. Diners at its eateries nationwide will ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 April


    Company results and news Punch Taverns brings in independent restructuring specialist Punch Taverns, Britain’s second biggest pubs group, has brought in an independent corporate restructuring expert to aid long-running discussions over its £2.3bn debt mountain. Dean Merritt, from Talbot Hughes McKillop, is representing the companies that issued Punch’s debt, amid ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 22-23 March


    Pubs Pub landlords face tenfold rise in cost of licence Pub landlords could be hit by tenfold rises in the cost of their licences under plans put forward by the Government. The Home Office is proposing to hand the power to set licence fees – paid by bars, pubs and ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 15-16 February


    Punch Taverns Shareholders in Punch Taverns face being wiped out under fresh restructuring plan from lenders Shareholders in Punch Taverns, Britain’s second-largest pubs group, face being wiped out under a fresh restructuring plan from lenders. Proposals put forward by management and due to be voted on last week were withdrawn ...

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    Weekend press round up, 8-9 February


    Company results and news Punch Taverns debt deal ‘only benefits shareholders’ Lenders to Punch Taverns, the embattled pubs group, have accused the company of “scare-mongering” in order to push through a £2.3bn debt restructuring deal this week. Bondholders with blocking stakes plan to vote against a restructuring plan promoted by ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 25-26 January


    Company results and news How TGI Friday’s boss cut out the obstructive staff Under Karen Forrester, the TGI Friday’s restaurant chain has undergone a big recovery – and it all began with a fire that gutted one of its flagship sites. While most bosses would consider this an unmitigated disaster, ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 11-12 January


    Weekend press round-up, 11-12 January

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    Weekend press round-up, 16-17 November


    Company results and news R&D credits can be found on the menuA Michelin star-winning chef has successfully claimed R&D tax credits from HM Revenue & Customs in an unusual move for a restaurant.Sat Bains, the celebrity chef who runs an eponymous restaurant in Nottingham, secured the tax relief because the ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 26-27 October


    Company results and news£1bn sale on menu at Pizza ExpressThe owner of the restaurant empire behind Pizza Express is finalising plans for a £1bn sale or float.The private equity backer of Gondola Holdings, which also owns the Zizzi and Ask restaurant chains, are expected to appoint an investment bank in ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 19-20 October


    Pubs Pubs call for time over debt One of Britain’s biggest pub operators is planning a new deal with its lenders to ease the burden of its £700m debt pile. Spirit, which owns 1,200 pubs, including the Chef & Brewer chain, is due to start repaying its borrowings next year. ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 October


    Weekend press round-up, 12-13 OctoberSector growthRestaurant, café and bar groups among top mid-market private firms Pret A Manger, Nando’s Caffe Nero and Novus Leisure have been listed among the top 250 mid-market private companies in an index published in the Sunday Times.They are included in the Top Track 250 league ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 5-6 October


    Company results and news Gondola places large order for PizzaExpress in ChinaThe company that owns PizzaExpress is in talks with potential partners in Beijing as it seeks to step up the pace of its international expansion.Gondola Group, which is controlled by Cinven, the private equity firm, has 11 PizzaExpress outlets ...

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    Weekend press round-up, 21-22 September


    RestaurantsItsu plans expansion and possible stake saleThe founder of itsu has drawn up ambitious plans to expand the Asia-inspired healthy food chain outside London and could sell a minority stake in the business to fund its growth.Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger as well as itsu, is to open ...