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Jamie Barber: Olympics helping change perceptions of Stratford

20-Aug-2012 - Jamie Barber has revealed his Cabana restaurant in Westfield Stratford served more than 10,000 covers in the last week of the Olympics and he expects the Games to have a longer-lasting impact on businesses in the area.

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Art exhibitions and dance classes: Using popular culture initiatives to stand out from the crowd

20-Aug-2012 - With competition in the hospitality industry continuing to intensify, many businesses are turning to popular culture as a base for running themed evenings and events. BigHospitality has evaluated the effectiveness of a BAFTA art exhibition at Quaglino’s restaurant and a Tango dance class at the Waldorf Hilton hotel.

Hubert Joly resigns as Carlson chief executive, Trudy Rautio named as replacement

20-Aug-2012 - Carlson, which owns the Radisson and T.G.I. Friday's brands, has announced its president and chief executive Hubert Joly has resigned with immediate effect and will be replaced with Trudy Rautio.

Get illegal seafood off the menu, caterers warned

20-Aug-2012 - The catering industry is at risk of purchasing unsafe, poor quality or illegal seafood if they do not check it has come from a reputable supplier, government bodies have warned.

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HOSPACE 2012 to focus on 'taking investment forward'

20-Aug-2012 - This year's HOSPACE will aim to show professionals in the industry how they can build a positive future through 'adopting a balanced and innovative approach to investment in people, management practices and systems' 

TV football in pubs: Premier League prosecution ruled void, others may be affected

20-Aug-2012 - A prosecution brought against a pub showing live Premier League football on TV by using an Albanian satellite system has been ruled 'void' by the High Court with legal experts claiming other similar rulings may now be in doubt.

Travelodge agrees deal to cut debts, confirming plans to offload 49 hotels

17-Aug-2012 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge has agreed a £635m debt restructuring deal, giving lenders control of the business and selling off 49 of its properties to other operators.

YO! Sushi opens at Gatwick and Waterloo, expanding on-the-go portfolio

17-Aug-2012 - Conveyor belt sushi chain YO! Sushi has this week opened its 64th UK restaurant at Gatwick Airport, following on from the opening of a site at Waterloo Station and the re-opening of an airside venue at Heathrow’s Terminal 3.

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British Roast Dinner Week on the hunt for UK’s best roast dinner

17-Aug-2012 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs across the UK are being urged to enter a mystery diner competition to be in with a chance of taking the title of ‘Best British Roast Dinner’.

From Copenhagen to Soho: London set to host largest MASH steak restaurant and first outside Denmark

17-Aug-2012 - Danish steak restaurant chain MASH is set to open its largest restaurant to date at a site in Soho as the group's owners reveal London's 'extremely exciting' dining scene helped it beat Stockholm and Hamburg to host the first venue for the concept outside Denmark.

Danny Meyer: Pearls of Wisdom

17-Aug-2012 - Founder of the Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), which includes Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke and Shake Shack among its number, legendary New York restaurateur Danny Meyer also penned the seminal book on hospitality, Setting the Table. 

The Young Turks chef set to 'crowdfund' Shoreditch Town Hall restaurant

16-Aug-2012 - Isaac McHale, one half of The Young Turks chef collective, is preparing to jointly launch a set-menu restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall, financed in part by 'crowdfunding' with the aim of opening two more sites for investors to benefit from.

Chef Ben Spalding to take up six month residency at Five Eight Zero's Keston Lodge

16-Aug-2012 - Ex-Roganic head chef Ben Spalding is to take up a six month residency at pub company Five Eight Zero's Islington venue Keston Lodge.

Nick Parkinson and Dominic Chapman launch NED Pubs with debut site in Berkshire

16-Aug-2012 - Restaurateur Nick Parkinson and Michelin-starred chef Dominic Chapman have partnered with entrepreneur Eric Newnham to create NED Pubs which they plan to roll out with sites across the UK.

Pubs see sales turnaround during London 2012 Olympics

16-Aug-2012 - Sixty per cent of pubs saw an upturn in trade during the second week of the London 2012 Olympics, with one in five operators seeing like-for-likes increase by 11 per cent or more compared with the same period last year.

Hilton area president promotes hospitality careers to youth at launch of National Football Centre hotels

16-Aug-2012 - Hilton Worldwide's area president Simon Vincent has used the opening ceremonies of two hotels at the National Football Centre to both encourage more visitors to Britain and promote hospitality as a worthwhile career for more young people. 

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Bravo Inns acquires the Albion hotel for 30th pub

16-Aug-2012 - Bravo Inns, an operator of wet-led community pubs in the North West of England, has acquired its 30th site at the Albion Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington.

Wagamama ploughs on with UK expansion under new chief executive

15-Aug-2012 - Fast-casual noodle chain Wagamama has secured four new restaurants in the UK, less than two weeks after it appointed  Steve Easterbrook as its new chief executive.

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Maze London to add sushi bar to restaurant

15-Aug-2012 - Maze London, Gordon Ramsay Holdings' (GRH) French Asian restaurant, is to add a sushi bar to the restaurant next month. 

Vingt-Quatre becomes VQ with hopes to expand in London and every major UK city

15-Aug-2012 - Vingt-Quatre, the 24-hour café and diner on London’s Fulham Road, has re-opened as ‘VQ’ following an extensive refurbishment and the business is now set to expand in the capital and other major cities.

Malai restaurant owner promises to bring authenticity back to Manchester's 'Curry Mile'

15-Aug-2012 - Experienced north west restaurateur Jaf Siddiqi has promised his latest venture, premium Indian restaurant Malai, will help bring back the authenticity of the famous 'Curry Mile' area of south Manchester.

Investor buys Llangollen Hotels' The Wild Pheasant out of administration

15-Aug-2012 - Llangollen Hotels' The Wild Pheasant hotel in Llangollen, North Wales, has been bought out of administration by London-based investor Asif Siddiqui. 

Stratford's pubs win in London 2012 Olympics as sales double on average

15-Aug-2012 - Sales in pubs in Stratford doubled on average during the London 2012 Olympics as visitors, volunteers and even athletes decided to celebrate victories and commiserate losses close to the Olympic Park. 

Damp July and Olympics Opening Ceremony hit restaurant and pub sales

15-Aug-2012 - The week running up to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics was the worst performing week of July for the UK’s leading restaurant, pub and bar groups, pushing an otherwise generally flat period into negative territory. 

Springboard calling for entries to Awards for Excellence 2012

14-Aug-2012 - Hospitality charity Springboard is calling for entries to its 10th annual Awards for Excellence which celebrates and rewards those promoting careers and talent in the hospitality industry.

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