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    Longreads

    ​How technology is revolutionising the post-pandemic restaurant sector

    2021-02-02T08:37:00Z

    At the end of 2019, if a customer wanted to order and pay for their food using their mobile phone the number of restaurants in which they could do this would have been relatively small. Fast forward to this year and, once lockdown is lifted, the number of places offering digital order and pay will be significantly bigger.

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    ​BrewDog confirms Plymouth bar

    2020-09-02T07:47:00Z

    BrewDog has confirmed it will be opening a 4,000 sq ft bar at The Barcode, the new leisure and entertainment development, located next to Drake Circus in Plymouth city centre.

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    Analysis & Insight

    AlixPartners: Gradually building momentum

    2020-08-14T07:38:00Z

    Just over a month since restart, it is obvious that the sector’s revival will take time, and sadly it will not include everyone. 

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    Anand steps down from CDG

    2020-07-29T15:41:00Z

    Rooney Anand has stepped down from his role as non-executive chairman of Casual Dining Group.

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    Analysis & Insight

    Large majority feel safe in pubs and restaurants

    2020-07-27T07:23:00Z

    An overwhelming number of consumers (94%) who have visited pubs, restaurants and bars in England in the two weeks since reopening were satisfied with the safety steps in venues they visited, with 96% being likely to recommend a visit to friends and family.

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    News

    How Azzurri Group went into administration

    2020-07-23T07:48:00Z

    One of the star performers in a competitive casual dining sector, and an even more competitive Italian subsector, Azzurri Group was formed out of the break-up of Gondola.

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    Azzurri latest to announce closures after rescue deal

    2020-07-19T10:30:00Z

    The Azzurri Group has been acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners via a pre-pack administration process, but 75 sites will close. Azzurri, which is made up of 301 restaurants including Zizzi, Ask and Coco di Mama, said when the coronavirus hit it acted “swiftly to protect its employees and customers, deciding to close all restaurants ahead of the government’s lockdown. Azzurri took all possible steps to protect the financial position of the business by ceasing all capex, renegotiating rental payments and food supplier costs and furloughing all restaurant staff and non-critical central staff.”

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    ​Azzurri in advanced talks over pre-pack sale

    2020-07-17T07:19:00Z

    Azzurri Group could be on the verge of a pre-pack administration which would involve the closure of 20-25 restaurants, The Times reports.

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    Epiris frontrunner to buy CDG

    2020-07-13T07:24:00Z

    The former backer of TGI Friday’s is in advanced talks to buy Casual Dining Group, Sky News reports.

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    News

    Azzurri sounds out sale

    2020-06-05T07:22:00Z

    Ask Italian and Zizzi operator Azzurri Group is exploring a sale of the company, Sky News reports.

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    Interviews

    Azzurri CEO Steve Holmes: Things are changing all the time

    2020-05-22T07:19:00Z

    Do you remember what is was like to go to a restaurant and order a plate of spaghetti? I miss it hugely, and I’m just a hungry customer. So how does Azzurri CEO Steve Holmes, who runs 295 restaurants, feel about seeing his entire estate shut down? “It’s desperately sad, because we’ve made really strong progress over the last four years,” he says. “Zizzi’s NPS score moved up to number six, the highest ever. Ask was also racing up. We opened an Ask in Westfield just before everything closed and it was trading incredibly well.”

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    Debt enforcement moratorium still needed - MCA poll

    2020-05-18T07:03:00Z

    More than half of operators, (54%) said that their landlord had refused to offer any concessions, with an additional 34% saying that negotiations were ongoing, according to the latest weekly Hospitality Leaders Poll by MCA Insight/HIM. The results highlight further the need for a debt enforcement moratorium, one of the key pillars of Hospitality Union’s original six-point action plan, to give both commercial tenants and landlords breathing space against litigation.

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    Azzurri appoints KPMG

    2020-05-04T07:21:00Z

    The Azzurri Group has turned to KPMG as it looks to find a way out of the coronavirus crisis, according to the Sunday Times. It also said the business was still waiting to find out if it was eligible for a business interruption loan. Last year Azzurri, which operates Ask, Zizzi and Coco di Mama, made a pre-tax loss of £16m on sales of £299m.

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    GBK and Azzurri reportedly appoint advisors

    2020-04-23T07:47:00Z

    Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Azzurri Group have reportedly appointed advisors to assess their options going forward through the coronavirus crisis.

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    Editor’s Opinion: Hang tight and plan your return

    2020-04-20T07:25:00Z

    The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc. It’s claimed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world and numbers continue to rise. As dreadful as that is, the long term socio-economic impact is more disturbing. The virus has created a level of disruption to health, society, and the economy that’s never happened before, outside of wartime. And while there is plenty of speculation on how life in general may get back to normal post-lockdown, with vaguely optimistic or pessimistic dates floating around, there is no clarity on how or when this might end.

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    Timeline: How the coronavirus crisis unfolded

    2020-04-20T07:22:00Z

    Here are just some of the twists and turns over the last few weeks. If you want to read all the MCA coverage of the coronavirus crisis click here.

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    Azzurri shuts entire estate

    2020-03-19T08:27:00Z

    Azzurri Group is to close all Ask, Zizzi and Coco di Mama restaurants from today, CEO Steve Holmes has announced.

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    Six by Nico makes London debut

    2020-03-06T08:34:00Z

    The Nico Simeone-led restaurant concept Six by Nico is to open in the former Zizzi site in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia this month.

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    Analysis & Insight

    ​Steve Gotham: Turning up the heat and other NPD delights

    2020-03-05T07:28:00Z

    New product development (NPD) is rightly recognised as a lifeblood for the eating out industry, and MCA’s Menu Tracker offers insights into the latest menu trends and influences across 150 leading operators. This review only serve as a taster, but the three courses have each been accompanied with three key summary insights.