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Emil Minev on high-rise dining and making people happy

28-Aug-2014 - The Bulgarian-born executive chef of the recently opened Shangri-La at The Shard oversees all food and wine at the luxurious – and somewhat elevated - London hotel.

Hospitality openings: August 2014

27-Aug-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far in Bristol and Flying Butlers' new serviced townhouses in Marble Arch.

Former Gaucho director secures first M site

27-Aug-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this year, has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of the City of London.

Chicago Rib Shack launches new ‘neighbourhood format’ with latest opening

27-Aug-2014 - The Chicago Rib Shack has launched a new site in Clapham as part of its new neighbourhood format and has plans for further expansion in the next year. 

L’Enclume, Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay make Good Food Guide history

27-Aug-2014 - The restaurants scored a 10 out of 10 in Waitrose’s yearly publication – the first time in 15 years that three restaurants got the top mark.

New noodle bar serves up film noir

26-Aug-2014 - Bang Bang Canteen, which claims to be the first ever ‘Noodle Noir’ restaurant, will be opening in London this September. 

Bourgee steak and lobster concept to launch in Essex

26-Aug-2014 - A new steak and lobster concept called Bourgee is launching in Essex with views to expand across the rest of the UK.

Allergen law could cost £200m a year

26-Aug-2014 - The cost of implementation of the new EU allergen regulations coming into force on 13 December could reach £200m a year for food businesses, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

Planning for Christmas 2014: Enticing customers in

22-Aug-2014 - It’s the time of year that the hospitality industry starts putting together its festive plans for Christmas, with a number of bigger venues already taking bookings. BigHospitality is starting our special feature on planning for Christmas with a look at what venues can do to make themselves stand out this festive season, and how they can get the customers in. 

New Tom’s pop-up to launch evening bar and bistro

22-Aug-2014 - Tom Conran’s Notting Hill pop-up New Tom’s is launching New Tom’s Bar & Bistro, which will open in September on the former site of Tom's Deli.

Bristol institution Melbournes reopens after 15 years

22-Aug-2014 - Melbournes, which operated on a BYO model in Bristol for over a decade before being sold in 2000, is reopening in a different location on 10 September.

News in brief

BHA partners with European tourism association

22-Aug-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has partnered with the European tourism association (ETOA) to promote the merits of UK tourism to international visitors.

Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Scottish hotel

22-Aug-2014 - French chef Albert Roux is to open another restaurant at a Scottish hotel in a deal with luxury Borders property the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.

Bunnychow opens first permanent site in Soho

22-Aug-2014 - Bunnychow is opening its first permanent venue on Wardour Street after the success of its food truck and Boxpark Shoreditch pop-up.

Viewpoint

Eric Partaker on Chilango and spearheading a new funding route for SMEs

22-Aug-2014 - Eric Partaker is the co-founder of Chilango, the Mexican chain that has raised £1.8m via a mini-bond hosted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. He talks to BigHospitality about the success of this initiative and why crowdfunding is a great alternative to traditional financing.

Carom completes express refurb

21-Aug-2014 - Soho Indian restaurant Carom is putting the focus on small plate in its newly-refurbished Wardour Street venue.

Eenmaal considers permanent venue in London as UK solo dining rises

21-Aug-2014 - Dutch solo dining pop-up concept Eenmaal is planning a UK event and potential permanent venue in London, as new research suggests that eating out alone is growing in popularity.

News in brief

Koh Thai Tapas secures Koh Noi site in Dorset

21-Aug-2014 - The Thai tapas restaurant Koh Thai Tapas is to open a second site in its new Thai tapas bar and takeaway concept Koh Noi, the company’s seventh UK site overall.

Mary-Ellen McTague launches 5-week pop-up

21-Aug-2014 - The Aumbry head chef is bringing the essence of the restaurant to Manchester’s Northern Quarter while her kitchen gets refurbished.

Rick Stein to open seafood restaurant in Winchester

20-Aug-2014 - Chef and TV personality Rick Stein is opening his first venue outside of Cornwall - a seafood restaurant in the Hampshire town of Winchester.

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Pestaurant brings bug-based menu back to London

20-Aug-2014 - Pest control provider Rentokil is bringing its ‘Pestaurant’ pop-up back to London on 21 August.

Tourism to enjoy £2.1bn boost over bank holiday

20-Aug-2014 - Domestic tourism is set to soar over the August bank holiday, with a quarter of the British population considering an overnight trip during the long weekend, according to the latest data from VisitEngland.

Spice Market debuts Sushi Bar

20-Aug-2014 - Spice Market London is launching Sushi Bar @ Spice Market on 1 September, bringing its Doha offering to the capital.

Wi-Fi accreditation scheme open to hospitality businesses

19-Aug-2014 - Hotels, restaurants and cafes can now sign up to a government supported scheme that aims to recognise businesses that take responsibility for protecting children and young people using their public Wi-Fi.