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Hempel Hotel’s contents to go under the hammer

05-Sep-2013 - The entire contents of The Hempel London, one of London’s most iconic luxury hotels, is being sold off this month as the five-star property has ceased trading.

VQ to open second 24-hour restaurant in London

05-Sep-2013 - VQ, the 24-hour café and diner on London’s Fulham Road, is opening a second venue in the capital after almost 18 years, having acquired the ground-floor unit of the St Giles...

Head chef and opening date confirmed for Ramsay's Union Street Café

05-Sep-2013 - Union Street Café, the long-awaited restaurant from the Gordon Ramsay Group, has unveiled the chef that will be heading up the venue and the dishes that will be on offer...

IT ‘stitch-up’: Hospitality managers misled with long agreements and hidden costs

05-Sep-2013 - The majority of hospitality business managers believe they have been ‘misled’ by IT suppliers and are now saddled with upfront and on-going spiralling costs which were not transparent from the...

60,000 new hospitality jobs: Barclays joins forces with the BHA

05-Sep-2013 - The hospitality industry’s biggest ever job creation drive has today been given a welcome boost as Barclays bank has partnered with the British Hospitality Association (BHA) to double the organisation’s...

ZaZa Bazaar to be the Gate’s next big star

05-Sep-2013 - ZaZa Bazaar, the world banquet and bar concept, has secured its second site in the Gate, Newcastle, and toldM&C Report that it has a pipeline in place for further openings next...

Hoxley and Porter: Cocktail and dining ‘adventure’ arrives in Islington

04-Sep-2013 - Hoxley and Porter, a new restaurant and cocktail bar inspired by ‘Victorian gentlemen's clubs, Colonial Poirot, Egyptian noir, and surrealist jungles’, is opening in Islington this month.

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National Restaurant Awards 2013 announced next month

04-Sep-2013 - There is just over one month to go until the unveiling of the top 100 restaurants in the UK as the 2013 National Restaurant Awards will be announced on 7...

Oslo: restaurant, bar and live music venue coming to Hackney

04-Sep-2013 - DHP Family, the bar operator and live music promotions company, has secured its first site in London with the leasehold acquisition of the 7,000 sq.ft former station building in Hackney.

Birmingham’s Beneficial Building to become hotel, café & restaurant in £16m redevelopment

04-Sep-2013 - A former bank in Birmingham city centre is set to undergo a £16m revamp which will see it re-open as a 137-bedroom hotel, 53 serviced apartments and a new café/restaurant...

Counter service gains casual credibility

04-Sep-2013 - High-end operators are taking a leaf out of Nando’s book by adopting and tweaking counter ordering systems for new mid-market restaurant formats.

Koh Thai reveals growth target, in funding talks

04-Sep-2013 - Koh Thai, the four-strong Thai tapas concept, hopes to grow to 20 sites over the next five years and is in talks over a number of different funding options for...

Good Food Guide 2014: Rogan’s run continues with perfect rating for L'Enclume

03-Sep-2013 - Visionary chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan has come up trumps in the Good Food Guide, with his Cartmel restaurant L’Enclume once again scoring a perfect 10 out of 10 and...

The Rum Kitchen secures second site in Soho, third on the horizon

03-Sep-2013 - The team behind PING, Love Brunch and Bungalow 8 are expanding their Caribbean restaurant concept The Rum Kitchen, with a second site opening in Soho this autumn and a third...

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£3m in two months: BrewDog reaches crowdfunding landmark

03-Sep-2013 - BrewDog has broken its own crowdfunding record, raising £3m in just two months by selling shares to members of the public through its ‘Equity for Punks’ scheme.

Restaurant magazine: Angela Hartnett on the transition from chef to restaurateur

03-Sep-2013 - Gordon Ramsay protégé Angela Hartnett talks about her growing portfolio of restaurants in an exclusive interview with Restaurant magazine this month.

Punch ploughs ahead with restructuring plans as year profit set to meet expectations

03-Sep-2013 - Pub and bar operator Punch Taverns is now embarking on its plans to restructure the business, having this morning reported an increase in like-for-like net income towards the end of...

BII unites with Hospitality Guild to boost pub career prospects

03-Sep-2013 - The British Institute of Inneekping (BII) has joined forces with the Hospitality Guild to introduce a clearer, more structured career pathway for pub employees, with an underlying aim of highlighting...

Chefs with Altitude: Kilimanjaro climbers return with a story to tell

02-Sep-2013 - The team of chefs and restaurateurs that made it all the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro in aid of Farm Africa have described the climb as ‘extremely hard’ and...

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BigHospitality and Restaurant to run second Digital Innovation Forum

02-Sep-2013 - BigHospitality, in association with sister magazine Restaurant, is organising its second annual Digital Innovation Forum this month. 

‘Korean Wave’ provides UK expansion opportunity for restaurant chain

02-Sep-2013 - One of Korea’s most popular restaurant chains is actively seeking franchisees in the UK after seeing a ‘huge potential’ to partner with an established F&B firm here.

Patisserie Valerie launches restaurant format

02-Sep-2013 - Patisserie Valerie, the Risk Capital Partners-backed café chain, is launching a new restaurant format called Brasserie Valerie this week in Glasgow.

BigHospitality's Christmas planning guide: Make your festive season go with a bang

02-Sep-2013 - September has arrived, marking the end of the summer holidays and the inevitable hurtle towards the festive season.

Notting Hill nightclub Cherryjam to re-open as Shimmy

30-Aug-2013 - Former Notting Hill nightclub Cherryjam will re-open in October as Shimmy with LoveBrunch duo Hugo Heathcote and Deji Carr hoping to take the venue 'back to its legendary musical roots...

New Carlson Rezidor UK global sales director launches 'bold' price promotion

30-Aug-2013 - Carlson Rezidor UK & Ireland global sales director Edward Pinchard has commenced his new role with the launch of a 'bold' price promotion designed to boost trade within Park Inn...