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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 22/08 - 26/08

26-Aug-2016 - From high-profile restaurant lists to chefs writing to the Mayor of London, it was eventful this week. Here’s some of the top stories

UK restaurants help raise money for Italian Red Cross after earthquake

26-Aug-2016 - Restaurants across the UK are helping to raise money for the victims of the Italian earthquake, via the Italian Red Cross.

The Clink teams up with London Hilton Park Lane for charity dinner

26-Aug-2016 - The Clink Restaurant charity – which trains prisoners in hospitality skills and runs high-end restaurants in prisons ‒ has partnered with the 453-bedroom London Hilton on Park Lane for a fundraising dinner.

Gusto to launch £1m site in Birmingham amid wider expansion

26-Aug-2016 - Gusto, the Italian-style restaurant group, is to launch its first site in Birmingham next month after a £1m investment, amid wider expansion plans.

National Dog Day 2016

The doggy dollar: How hospitality is recognising our love of dogs

26-Aug-2016 - It’s no secret that Brits love their dogs, and recent trends suggest that hospitality is starting to wake up to the business benefits of catering to customers' canine friends.  

SMALL TALK

VQ founder Simon Prideaux on growing a 24-hour restaurant brand

26-Aug-2016 - Late-night restaurant group VQ opened its third site in Notting Hill this month ahead of its 21st birthday in October. 

Multi-generational workforce can boost happiness, says McDonald’s

25-Aug-2016 - Businesses with employees of different ages can boost employee happiness and productivity, and increase customer satisfaction, according to research from fast food giant McDonald’s.

Maxwell's to open Covent Garden bar in £1m investment

25-Aug-2016 - Maxwell’s Restaurants Group has revealed plans to open a new Covent Garden venue as part of a wider £1m investment across its late-night estate.

Dining trends: Burger market beefs up in 2016

25-Aug-2016 - The UK’s love affair with burgers has seen the market grow by almost a quarter in the last five years, a new study claims.

Simpsons to hold regular 'more relaxed' chef collaborations

25-Aug-2016 - Simpsons, the Michelin-starred restaurant near Birmingham, is to hold a series of chef collaborations, following news of the forthcoming one-off dinner with the team of Sticky Walnut.

Chef Andrew Jones increases stake in Chamberlain's in 15th anniversary year

25-Aug-2016 - Chamberlain’s chef-patron Andrew Jones has increased his shareholding in the business to give him ‘greater control’ as it celebrates its 15th year of trade. 

Nathan Outlaw reveals new seafood-focused Burj Al Arab menu

25-Aug-2016 - Nathan Outlaw, the Michelin-starred chef whose Restaurant Nathan Outlaw flagship came in second place in the 2017 Waitrose Good Food Guide, has revealed a new seafood-focussed menu for his soon-to-open Dubai site.

L'Enclume named UK's best restaurant in 2017 Good Food Guide

25-Aug-2016 - Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume has been named the UK’s best restaurant for the fourth year running in the 2017 Waitrose Good Food Guide

WINE TRENDS

Restaurants sell more cool climate wines

24-Aug-2016 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs are stocking more wines from cool climate regions to help fuel diner demand for lighter, fresher and food-friendly styles.

Simpsons and Sticky Walnut dinner sells out in 2.5 hours

24-Aug-2016 - A one-off collaboration between Chester restaurant Sticky Walnut and Michelin-starred Birmingham site Simpsons has sold out in two and a half hours.

Brazilian barbecue site Bossa to open in Leeds

24-Aug-2016 - Bossa, a new Brazilian-style restaurant, is to open in Leeds city centre on 19 September.

More Britons to holiday at home this Bank Holiday

24-Aug-2016 - The number of people planning UK staycations over the August Bank Holiday has risen by 300,000 year-on-year, according to a VisitBritain survey.

Chefs call on London Mayor to ban polystyrene food packaging

24-Aug-2016 - A group of chefs and food writers including Ed Baines, Mark Hix and Theo Randall have called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to ban polystyrene packaging - "the scourge of Soho" - in the capital city.

Santo Remedio in Shoreditch to close after five months

24-Aug-2016 - Critically acclaimed Shoreditch restaurant Santo Remedio has been forced to close just five months after opening.

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay tops All In London Ultimate Restaurant List 2016

24-Aug-2016 - Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has knocked The Ledbury off the number one spot for the first time in All In London's Ultimate Restaurant List. 

National Waiters' Day returns to celebrate front-of-house staff

23-Aug-2016 - Hard working front-of-house staff are set to be celebrated at this year’s National Waiters' Day on 20 October.

Monohon ramen to open first permanent site

23-Aug-2016 - New ramen concept Monohon is to launch its first permanent site in London later this year.

Chef Richard Neat to return to Pied à Terre for 25th anniversary

23-Aug-2016 - Pied à Terre co-founder Richard Neat is to return to the restaurant's kitchens next month where he will cook some of its iconic dishes in celebration of its 25th anniversary. 

The Chestnut Group secures another £2.5m funding for expansion

23-Aug-2016 - Suffolk-based hospitality business The Chestnut Group has raised £2.5m through the Government's Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to help with its plans to expand to 10 sites by the end of 2018. 

Leon goes green with renewable energy deal

23-Aug-2016 - Leon has switched to a green energy deal which will see it power all its restaurants using wind farms, solar panels and hydro and anaerobic digestion.