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People on the Move in Hospitality: June 2013

19-Jun-2013 - In this exclusive gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry. The past month has seen a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including The Midland, One Canada Square and Brakspear. 

Cafés and coffee shops a better bet for expanding restaurateurs than brasseries and pubs

19-Jun-2013 - David Colcombe, chef director of Opus Restaurant in Birmingham, has opened a new café under the Opus brand in the city and has said coffee shops could be a better option than brasseries and pubs for restaurateurs looking to expand.

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Living Ventures to open new Manchester bar connected to Australasia restaurant

19-Jun-2013 - Living Ventures has announced it is to open a new bar and kitchen in Manchester which will be connected to its modern Australian restaurant Australasia.

National Waiters Day: A day in the life of a maître d’ with Paulo de Tarso

19-Jun-2013 - To celebrate the first ever National Waiters Day, BigHospitality decided to discover a little bit more about one of the most important front-of-house restaurant roles - the maître d’. For this exclusive video we spent a morning with Bar Boulud's Paulo de Tarso.

Destination dining quarter planned for Newcatle shopping centre

18-Jun-2013 - Shopping centre giant Intu has submitted an application to refurbish two of the areas within Intu Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle, with plans to create a ‘destination dining quarter’ as part of the £17m development.

Just Desserts to launch range of individual tarts

18-Jun-2013 - Yorkshire-based bakers and pâtissiers Just Desserts has created a range of individual tarts for foodservice buyers which will be launched later this month.

Cosmo plans to replicate Derby restaurant in five further sites

17-Jun-2013 - Multi-cuisine buffet restaurant chain Cosmo has revealed its latest site in Derby will become a flagship for the group and will be replicated in at least five further sites.

Rebecca Mascarenhas partners with Theo Randall for new Italian restaurant

17-Jun-2013 - Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and chef Theo Randall have announced a new business partnership to launch Bibo – a modern Italian tratorria based on the site of Mascarenhas’s Cantinetta restaurant in Putney later this year.

Mezze unveils five target pubs to continue expansion

17-Jun-2013 - West Country restaurant chain Mezze has unveiled five pubs that will continue the expansion of the all-leased group into 2014.

Boris Johnson gets behind London’s small food businesses

17-Jun-2013 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has pledged his support for the capital’s small food businesses by backing the pilot scheme of an innovative new programme which aims to create more jobs and reinvigorate the high streets. 

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James Petrie leaves The Fat Duck to 'explore other opportunities'

17-Jun-2013 - James Petrie, head of creative development at The Fat Duck, has announced he has resigned after 11 years working for Heston Blumenthal at the three Michelin-starred restaurant.

Marco Pierre White to rebrand Frankie's Bar & Grill restaurant in Hoylake

17-Jun-2013 - Marco Pierre White is to rebrand his Frankie’s Bar & Grill restaurant in Hoylake as Marco’s New York Italian in a deal with hotel and restaurant development firm Sanguine Hospitality.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2013: Jill Stein and Adnams boss Andy Wood made OBEs

15-Jun-2013 - Restaurateur Jill Stein and Adnams chief executive and chairman Andy Wood have been awarded OBEs in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list while chefs Geoffrey Acott and Clare Smyth and Drake & Morgan founder Jillian Maclean were made MBEs. 

Maxwell's to rebrand Navajo Joe as Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar

14-Jun-2013 - Maxwell's restaurant group is to open Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar next month on the Covent Garden site which was formerly home to the group's Navajo Joe restaurant.

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Hospitality businesses warned about dangers of rising costs of raw materials

14-Jun-2013 - Almost a third of UK hotels and catering firms are looking to cut costs due to the rising prices of raw materials, according to new research.

Carl Clarke to open permanent Rock Lobsta restaurant in Mahiki London

14-Jun-2013 - Chef and pop-up restaurant expert Carl Clarke is to open his first permanent restaurant when he launches Rock Lobsta at the Mahiki London nightclub next month.

Classic Cuisine extends savoury pastry product range with new pies

14-Jun-2013 - Classic Cuisine has extended its range of savoury pastry products with the addition of four new pies which all feature flavoured pastries. 

Andreas Antona: Pearls of Wisdom

14-Jun-2013 - The chef opened Simpsons in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, more than 20 years ago, relocating the Michelin-starred favourite to Birmingham in 2004. Recently, Antona was instrumental in his head chef Adam Bennett’s successful fourth-place performance at the Bocuse D’Or competition.

Cattle Grid owners secure first Poulet Rouge site

13-Jun-2013 - Shaun Gray and Steve Novak, the owners of Cattle Grid, the fast-casual steakhouse chain, have secured a first site for their chicken-led concept called Poulet Rouge in south London, BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report has learnt.

Plusfood introduces American Diner range of chicken products

13-Jun-2013 - Frozen chicken firm Plusfood has introduced a range of products for foodservice buyers which are inspired by American diners.

British Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2013: Government urged to take hospitality seriously

12-Jun-2013 - The Government is not taking the hospitality industry seriously enough and should take greater notice of the UK’s fourth largest industry to help drive economic growth.

Business Profile: Barburrito

12-Jun-2013 - After starting the UK burrito boom up north, Barburrito co-founder Morgan Davies is targeting London. He told Restaurant magazine's Stefan Chomka why he believes he’s in a strong position to take it by storm.

Hospitality workers protest for higher pay before new job creation

12-Jun-2013 - Members of workers union Unite are calling for leaders within the hospitality industry to address issues over pay throughout the sector before creating another 300,000 jobs.

Restaurant brands making UK debuts set to put pressure on existing operators

12-Jun-2013 - May delivered a 1.2 per cent increase in like-for-like sales for restaurant and pub groups but operators have been warned that the trading environment remains 'fragile' and will become more competitive with the arrival of several brands making their UK debuts.

Hayman Distillers relaunches gin range

12-Jun-2013 - To coincide with its 150th anniversary, English gin distiller Hayman Distillers is relaunching its range of Hayman's Gin in order to better emphasise the company's history as a family distiller.