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Greek-inspired dining comes to Marylebone

17-Apr-2014 - Opso, an all-day dining Greek restaurant and bar, is opening in the heart of Marylebone next month. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

17-Apr-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

16-Apr-2014 - Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

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Coal Grill & Bar commences expansion

16-Apr-2014 - Coal Grill & Bar will commence its next phase of expansion after securing additional growth funding from Beringea and Octopus Investments.  

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

Ed's Easy Diner named fastest-growing restaurant group

16-Apr-2014 - Ed’s Easy Diner, the 24-strong 1950s-style American diner chain, has topped the 2014 Zolfo Cooper Profit Tracker - a list of the 50 fastest-growing restaurant and bar companies.

MeatLiquor acquires fried chicken restaurant Wishbone

16-Apr-2014 - Meatailer, the company behind MeatLiquor, have purchased the fried chicken restaurant Wishbone in London’s Brixton.

Marching on: Spring sales surge for restaurants and pubs

16-Apr-2014 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales grow 4.6 per cent in March against the same month last year, marking 12 consecutive months of positive growth for the sector. 

Ox and Finch restaurant to open in Glasgow

15-Apr-2014 - Former head chef of the McLaren Formula One team Jonathan MacDonald is launching new restaurant Ox and Finch in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove next month.

Hakkasan partners with MGM to launch international hotel company

15-Apr-2014 - Restaurant group Hakkasan has today announced the formation of a joint-venture with gaming and hospitality company MGM Resorts International, to create a new international hotel management company - MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

What’s Cooking? takes on restaurant at boutique Liverpool hotel

15-Apr-2014 - Liverpool restaurant What’s Cooking? has taken on the running of the food and drink operation at the nearby 62 Castle Street hotel. 

T.G.I Friday’s unveils new 'Fast Track' concept for transport hub expansion

15-Apr-2014 - ‘A new era is dawning’ for T.G.I Friday’s as the American restaurant chain today announced it will be opening its first outlet at a key transport hub under a newly created quick-service format.

Into the mainstream: are restaurants catering for gluten-free growth?

14-Apr-2014 - According to a new report from Innova Market Insights, free-from foods are moving into the mainstream, with people now opting to avoid gluten and dairy for lifestyle reasons as well as food intolerances and allergies. 

East London enjoys two new street food events

14-Apr-2014 - A new pop-up from the founder of Street Feast opened its doors for the first time Saturday, bringing food, drinks and festival fun to Haggerston.

Charterhouse targets expansion as FY EBITDA grows 13.2%

14-Apr-2014 - Charterhouse Leisure, operator of the Coal Grill & Bar brand, has reported a 13.2% rise in company EBITDA to £727,000 for the year to the end of February and said it plans to grow from six to about 24 sites over the next three years.

Late Night London’s new venture Core opens in the City

11-Apr-2014 - Late Night London’s latest bar and restaurant Core opened in the City last week, combining the company’s new take on day-time eating and drinking with a late night offering. 

Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant comes to London

11-Apr-2014 - Turtle Bay, the modern Carribean restaurant concept by former Las Iguanas director Ajith Jayawickrema, has secured a site at The Scene leisure development in Walthamstow.

Yorkshire restaurants are best performing in England and Wales

11-Apr-2014 - Yorkshire’s hospitality sector has enjoyed a significant boost over recent months, with the regions’ restaurants now outperforming the rest of the country, according to data from insolvency trade body R3.

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Mitch Tonks to open new Rockfish in Torquay

11-Apr-2014 - Renowned fish chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks will open his third Rockfish restaurant in Torquay this summer with his business partner Mat Prowse. 

Meals.co.uk to launch in London

11-Apr-2014 - Home delivery service Meals.co.uk is launching in London, giving restaurants in the Capital the chance to tap into the takeaway trend and pull in as much as £200k additional revenue a year.

Talkin' 'bout Y generation: study reveals eating out habits of 16-24 year olds

10-Apr-2014 - Young people still value good customer service when they visit restaurants, with price and convenience also influencing choice, according to new research from Voxburner.

Stevie Parle’s new Italian restaurant and wine bar opens in east London

10-Apr-2014 - New southern Italian restaurant and wine bar Rotorino, a collaboration by Dock Kitchen’s Stevie Parle and wine expert Ruth Spivey, opens today (10 April) in Dalston. 

Sir Terence Conran wins Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award

10-Apr-2014 - Esteemed restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran is to receive Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises his 50 years’ worth of involvement in London’s hospitality sector and the great impression he has made on the industry.   

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The Natural Kitchen takes fourth site in London

10-Apr-2014 - Deli and café brand The Natural Kitchen has taken the former Canteen site on Baker Street for its fourth delicatessen and artisan food store in central London. 

The Noodle House arrives in the UK

09-Apr-2014 - Jumeirah Restaurants’ Southeast Asian casual dining brand The Noodle House is opening its first UK restaurant in London on 17 April under a franchise agreement with the EQ Group.

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