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How to design a welcoming restaurant

21-Jan-2014 - Competition in the dining-out market grows stronger every year, so how can you ensure your restaurant is visited and continues to be visited by customers? While food, drink, service and price are key, the design you choose for your restaurant can also help. Here, architect Andy Ince of Harrison Ince Architects gives his advice on how to design a welcoming restaurant.

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The Restaurant Group's chief exec Andrew Page to retire

21-Jan-2014 - Andrew Page, chief executive of The Restaurant Group (TRG), has announced plans to retire from his role in August. 

Rome's Assunta Madre restaurant to open London outpost

20-Jan-2014 - Johnny Micalusi, the chef-patron of Rome's seafood restaurant Assunta Madre is to open an outpost in London's Mayfair next month. 

New categories and Scottish flavour at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards 2014

20-Jan-2014 - The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has expanded its annual awards to reflect the 'rapid growth' of its membership base.

Phil Fanning takes on ownership of Paris House restaurant

20-Jan-2014 - Paris House, the Bedfordshire restaurant formerly owned by the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, has been bought by head chef Phil Fanning. 

Madhu’s brings new Indian concept to Sheraton Skyline Hotel

17-Jan-2014 - Renowned Indian restaurant Madhu’s is doubling up for the first time in over 30 years with a second venue opening in the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The London Story: What makes the 'global capital' so hospitable?

17-Jan-2014 - With a record number of tourists continuing to flock to London, chef, TV personality and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay is fronting a new video campaign to promote the capital’s food and drink businesses to the rest of the world.

Tourism spend hits record levels

17-Jan-2014 - Tourism spend in the UK reached its highest ever level in the first 11 months of 2013, and could hit £20bn for the full year. 

Francesco Mazzei: Pearls of Wisdom

17-Jan-2014 - The chef-patron of L’Anima in the City of London discusses his southern Italian roots, working with business partner Peter Marano, and his plans to enter the accessible all-day dining sector.

Dirty Bones brings hotdogs and music to South Kensington

16-Jan-2014 - New hotdog venture Dirty Bones will tonight open its ‘secret’ downstairs restaurant, offering American-inspired dishes, with cocktails and regular live music.

Ning Restaurants exits York, looks to London for next opening

16-Jan-2014 - Malaysian chef Norman Musa is looking to bring his Manchester-based Ning Restaurants business to London with an upcoming food stall in Soho being used as a forerunner for a potential permanent site in Islington.

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BHA warns over impact of Tube strike

16-Jan-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has warned proposed Tube strikes could have a significant impact on London hospitality businesses.

Brits celebrated Christmas 2013 and New Year in restaurants and pubs

16-Jan-2014 - Brits decided to celebrate last Christmas and New Year by eating out in pubs and restaurants according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker which found that like-for-like sales were up 3.3 per cent on the same period in 2012. 

Ekachai revamps flagship restaurant, eyes London expansion

16-Jan-2014 - Ekachai, the South East Asian restaurant group, is beginning a culinary and interior makeover of its original site in Liverpool Street before embarking on expansion plans to double its estate over the next five years. 

Solution to ‘ethnic skills crisis’ lies in training more UK chefs, says restaurateur

15-Jan-2014 - The owner of a new Pakistani restaurant in London has dismissed fears of the looming ‘ethnic skills crisis’, claiming he would rather hire UK-based chefs than those from the Indian subcontinent.

Local authorities slipping on food hygiene, claims Which?

15-Jan-2014 - Budget cuts have left some local authorities struggling to enforce food hygiene standards in restaurants and takeaways, according to a new report from Which?

Business Profile: Bill's

15-Jan-2014 - With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.

Business Outlook 2014: What’s in store for hospitality?

15-Jan-2014 - An increasing number of pubs will be sold for ongoing use; private equity will continue to pour into restaurants; and hotels in London and the provinces will look to consolidate their positions in the marketplace. 

Southern Eleven owners to open two more restaurants in Manchester

14-Jan-2014 - James, Karina and Guy Hitchen, the owners of Manchester's Southern Eleven and Neighbourhood restaurants, are planning to open another two businesses in the city this year. 

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Hakkasan takes majority stake in US-based Enlightened Hospitality Group

14-Jan-2014 - Hakkasan has acquired a majority stake in US-based hospitality development company Enlightened Hospitality Group (EHGRP) to help with its expansion across the US. 

2014: Why toasties, barbecue joints, biryani and Greek wine will all make their mark this year

14-Jan-2014 - Restaurant magazine highlights 18 things set to make it big in the restaurant sector in 2014 and makes a host of other predictions for the industry this year. 

The Greenhouse, Restaurant Story and Adam's Restaurant among new AA Rosette award winners

14-Jan-2014 - The Greenhouse and Restaurant Story in London, Restaurant Tristan in Horsham and Adam's Restaurant in Birmingham are among the 19 businesses who have been awarded three and four AA rosettes today.

Paul Foster to leave Tuddenham Mill

13-Jan-2014 - Chef Paul Foster is leaving Tuddenham Mill to take up the position of head chef at The Dining Room restaurant, situated within Mallory Court Hotel near Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire.

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Georgina's restaurant closes in Barnes, set to relocate to Chiswick

13-Jan-2014 - Investment manager Nicola Horlick has closed her restaurant Georgina's in Barnes, blaming high business rates and slow evening trade for the decision. 

D&D London to turn German Gymnasium into restaurant and bar complex

13-Jan-2014 - D&D London has received the go-ahead to redevelop the German Gymnasium at King's Cross into a restaurant and bar complex.