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Bill’s eyes 20 new sites in 2014

07-Oct-2013 - Bill’s Restaurants, the fast-growing Richard Caring-backed chain, is eyeing a further 20 openings next, which would include a concerted push into the North and take the group close to the 50-site mark.

Albert and Michel Roux Jr plan two more UK restaurants

07-Oct-2013 - The Roux family is planning to open another two businesses in the UK in the next few years, a charcuterie, restaurant and deli in a town close to Stratford-upon-Avon and a restaurant in Essex.

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Raoul's adds deli to Notting Hill restaurant

07-Oct-2013 - Mediterranean restaurant group Raoul's has added a deli to its Notting Hill restaurant following the success of those at its branches in Maida Vale and Hammersmith. 

Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel wins award for training homeless to be chefs

06-Oct-2013 - The Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel has been given a Dragon Award by the City of London for its work in training the homeless to be chefs. 

Champagne & tapas concept acquires final Chez Gerard

04-Oct-2013 - Brasserie Bar Co, the Mark Derry-led group, has sold its remaining Chez Gérard site in Bishopsgate, after receiving “an offer we could not refuse” from a new Champagne and tapas concept.

The Restaurant Show 2013: World’s top chefs to take centre stage

04-Oct-2013 - The Restaurant Show kicks off on Monday (7 October), with top industry organisations, a host of big-name chefs and over 320 suppliers descending on Earls Court 2 for what is the 25th year of the must-attend trade event. 

Going mobile: Restaurants realise pop-up potential

04-Oct-2013 - As numerous restaurateurs would testify, the pop-up restaurant has fast-become the new weapon in securing a permanent site. But could we now be seeing a reversal of the trend, with established brands spinning off their own temporary concepts?

Chop and Wok to open first London site this month

04-Oct-2013 - Chop and Wok, the Birmingham-based pan-Asian restaurant group will be opening its first site in London this autumn as it proceeds with its plan to expand nationally and internationally. 

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Hartnett’s St James’s Street restaurant: Full details revealed

04-Oct-2013 - Angela Hartnett’s second solo restaurant venture in St James’s Street will be called Café Murano, serving up an affordable menu of Northern Italian cuisine when it opens in mid-November.

Provenance key for foodservice operators as British food grows in popularity

04-Oct-2013 - Provenance and transparency are key for foodservice operators wishing to engage their customers according to a new report, which has also found that British food is now more popular cuisine among UK consumers than previous favourite Italian. 

Hix takes chicken and steak to the City

03-Oct-2013 - Chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix is doubling up on the success of Tramshed, having acquired the now-defunct Sushinho site in London’s Devonshire Square to open another restaurant under the chicken and steak concept.

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Restaurant magazine launches Development Chef Club series

03-Oct-2013 - Restaurant magazine is launching a new initiative – the Development Chef Club – aimed at informing, inspiring and interacting with the development chef and group executive chef community. 

Comptoir Libanais snaps up two more sites as UK expansion continues

03-Oct-2013 - Comptoir Libanais, the canteen and delicatessen concept created by Tony Kitous, is opening its sixth, seventh and eighth restaurants later this year, including its first site outside of London.

Luxury hotel and fine-dining restaurant set to be unveiled in Aberdeen

03-Oct-2013 - Simpson’s Hotel in Aberdeen has been bought by the owners of a five-star property in Edinburgh and will re-open under a new brand next year, aimed at the luxury market. 

Business Profile: Goodman Restaurants

03-Oct-2013 - Goodman Restaurants broke the mould with the launch of Burger & Lobster in 2011, but there’s plenty more unconventional concepts still in the pipeline, as directors George Bukhov and David Strauss reveal.

Lend Lease adds Theobroma and Chimichanga to Touchwood's dining portfolio

03-Oct-2013 - Property group Lend Lease has signed two new businesses - Australian chocolate cafe Theobroma and Mexican restaurant Chimichanga - to its West Midlands-based shopping centre Touchwood. 

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Benito's Hat to open fifth site in Farringdon

02-Oct-2013 - Fast-casual Mexican restaurant group Benito's Hat has announced plans to open its fifth site in Farringdon next month. 

Restaurants embrace technology to attract digitally-minded customers

02-Oct-2013 - Restaurant operators are starting to embrace new ordering and payment technology as a way of attracting digitally-minded consumers.

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Olly Rouse joins Lainston House

01-Oct-2013 - Exclusive Hotels has appointed Olly Rouse as the new head chef of its five-star Hampshire property, Lainston House.

Act NOW! Twitter debate reveals benefits of pre-employment training

01-Oct-2013 - The Hospitality Guild's recent Twitter debate about the benefits and usefulness of pre-employment training concluded that it can be one of the most effective ways of preparing young people for a career in hospitality.

River Cottage looks to roll out Canteen concept

01-Oct-2013 - River Cottage Canteen, the three-strong restaurant and deli concept led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, is looking to continue expanding by a rate of two or three sites a year over the next few years. 

Young National Chef of the Year 2013: 'Driving out the best in the industry'

01-Oct-2013 - There is just a week to go until the final of the Young National Chef of the Year 2013, when one of eight chefs aged between 18 and 23 will find out if their entry is strong enough to make them the winner of this year's title. 

Le Bistrot Pierre to grow to 20 sites by 2018

30-Sep-2013 - Small French restaurant chain Le Bistrot Pierre is to double the number of restaurants in its estate to 20 by 2018 after agreeing a multi-million pound capital financing deal. 

Restaurants championing local food and food festivals big draw for domestic tourists

30-Sep-2013 - Restaurants and pubs serving locally-sourced food and towns and cities hosting food festivals have become a major draw for domestic tourists, according to VisitEngland with more than three quarters of adults saying they want to dine in a restaurant, pub or cafe unique to the area when holidaying in England.

Olympic Café & Dining Room to open within revamped London Studios

30-Sep-2013 - Olympic Studios, the famous West London recording studios that hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and U2, will re-open its doors to the public in October as a new entertainment venue housing a cinema, private members’ club, café and dining room.