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Olympics 2016: Cabana restaurants aim to capture spirit of Rio

26-May-2016 - Brazilian restaurant group Cabana is gearing up for an ‘amazing summer’ as it aims to bring the spirit of the Rio Olympics to the UK through its restaurants and beach...

Hawskmoor staff improve communication with British Sign Language training

26-May-2016 - Front-of-house staff at Hawksmoor's Spitalfields restaurant have been trained in British Sign Language (BSL) to enable them to better communicate with each other and with their deaf and hard of...

Meatcure turns to crowdfunding to bring the burger boom to the Midlands

26-May-2016 - Restaurant group Meatcure is to launch a crowdfunding campaign to take the ‘better burger’ craze beyond London.

US chain Smashburger sets out UK expansion plans

25-May-2016 - Cult US chain Smashburger has announced plans to open six UK restaurants over the next year.

Members' Club The Coppa Club to open in London

25-May-2016 - Berkshire-based members' club The Coppa Club is set to open its first site in London this month. 

The Chestnut Group targets another six sites

25-May-2016 - East-Anglian based hospitality business The Chestnut Group is planning to add another six sites to the business over the next four years as it looks set to complete its ‘largest...

Aberdeen's hotel market 'gets back on its feet'

25-May-2016 - Aberdeen's hotel market, hit heavily by the oil and gas downturn, is showing signs of 'getting back on its feet' as a steadying decline in occupancy levels stabilised last month. ...

Sodexo extends partnerships with Scottish castles and visitor attraction

25-May-2016 - Sodexo has extended its partnerships with two castles and a visitor attraction in Scotland in deals worth more than £6m. 

Redcomb Pubs to develop casual dining restaurant concept

24-May-2016 - Pub operator Redcomb Pubs has announced plans to develop a casual dining concept as it looks to 'stretch and broaden' its business portfolio. 

Cairn Group refinances to aid growth

24-May-2016 - North East-based hotel and bar operator Cairn Group has refinanced £101m with HSBC to enable it to develop and grow its portfolio across the UK.

Shoryu founder and Michelin partner to open Japanese restaurant Sakagura in Mayfair

24-May-2016 - Shoryu Ramen founder Tak Tokumine has partnered with two Michelin-starred restaurant The Araki to launch a new ‘accessible’ Mayfair restaurant.

Trade urged to check allergen procedures after restaurateur's manslaughter verdict

24-May-2016 - Foodservice operators are being urged to check processes and procedures around allergen compliance after a restaurant owner was found guilty of and jailed for manslaughter following the death of one...

Online reviews 'could provide £3.2bn boost to hospitality' by 2026

24-May-2016 - Better handling of online reviews left on sites such as TripAdvisor could provide a £2bn boost to the hospitality industry over the next decade, a new study claims.

TRAVEL AND TOURISM

China moves into UK's 10 most valuable inbound markets

23-May-2016 - China has moved into the UK's top 10 most valuable inbound markets as new figures for 2015 show visits from the market rose 46 per cent to 270,000 and spend...

Beer lists and tasting notes attract female beer drinkers

23-May-2016 - Pubs, restaurants and hotels offering beer lists with tasting notes would be more likely to sell beer to women than those trying different techniques, the results of a survey into...

Harry Ramsden's to open restaurant and pub in Edinburgh

23-May-2016 - Fish & chips brand Harry Ramsden's will make its entrance in Edinburgh this week with the opening of two new sites in the Scottish capital. 

Boxpark Croydon reveals final restaurant line-up

23-May-2016 - Street food development Boxpark Croydon has released details of its (almost) final line-up four months ahead of its opening. 

ASK THE EXPERTS

Five ways to keep flies out of your hospitality business this summer

23-May-2016 - Martin Harvey, managing director of Harvey Environmental Services, gives his top tips for keeping restaurants, hotels and pubs fly-free as the temperature rises.

Restaurants 'missing out' on half a million vegan diners

20-May-2016 - Restaurants are missing out on thousands of vegan customers by failing to offer a variety of dishes without animal products.

£53m hotel and restaurant scheme to open in Dover

20-May-2016 - More than £53m is to be ploughed into a Kent-based town centre regeneration scheme that will see the opening of a Travelodge and six restaurants next autumn. 

Tourist visits to the UK hit an all-time high

20-May-2016 - The number of people visiting Britain in the first three months of the year has hit a record high, latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed. 

John Tabatabai of Rawligion on changing the perception of plant-based restaurants

20-May-2016 - When John Tabatabai woke up six years ago with half his face paralysed, he never imagined that a juice diet could help. Now fully cured after discovering vegan and raw...

Masseria Group to open second Ostuni

19-May-2016 - North London-based restaurant and pub operator The Masseria Group is opening a second site under its Ostuni brand. 

£5m restaurant space to open in former Mayfair church

19-May-2016 - The Duke of Westminster’s property firm Grosvenor is to develop a £5m restaurant and retail space in the Grade-I listed former St Mark’s Church in Mayfair.

Punch plans to drive accommodation across estate

19-May-2016 - Leased pub owner Punch is pushing forward with plans to boost its accommodation business across the UK after seeing success with a pilot scheme in Scotland.