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Gordon Ramsay's Las Vegas pub and burger bar to open this week

17-Dec-2012 - Gordon Ramsay will open two new projects in Las Vegas this week - a pub and grill at Caesars Palace and a burger bar at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. 

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Pizza Express opens first restaurant in India

17-Dec-2012 - Pizza Express has expanded its operation to India where it sees 'enormous potential' to grow within the fast-expanding Indian casual dining market. 

The Mince Pie Project chefs help raise £29k for charity

17-Dec-2012 - Chefs have helped raise almost £30k for industry initiative Galvin's Chance and homeless charity Crisis after putting specially baked mince pies up for auction through The Mince Pie Project. 

Yorkshire Tea releases tea bag designed for busy caterers

17-Dec-2012 - Yorkshire Tea claims to have come up with quicker and more convenient format of tea bag for busy caterers with the introduction of non-enveloped stringed and tagged tea bags. 

Exclusive interview with MasterChef: The Professionals 2012 joint winners Keri Moss and Anton Piotrowski

14-Dec-2012 - In the closest MasterChef: The Professionals final ever, Keri Moss and Anton Piotrowski were last night crowned the first ever joint winners in the history of the BBC cooking competition. The pair have told BigHospitality of their desire to now move on to even greater things and perhaps even run a restaurant together. 

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Fifteen Cornwall to reveal new look in 2013 after major refurb

14-Dec-2012 - Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has unveiled plans to transform its dining and training experience after investing £400k into revamping the restaurants interior and developing a new kitchen.

Naga Pan Asian restaurant gears up for official launch in Kensington

14-Dec-2012 - After months of being in a soft launch period, Pan Asian restaurant and bar Naga officially opens its doors in Kensington on Monday (17 December), having appointed a new head chef to improve the quality and consistency of the food.

Middletons Steakhouse & Grill opens in Norwich

14-Dec-2012 - Middletons Steakhouse & Grill has progressed from Norfolk to Norwich with the opening of a second restaurant, headed up by former Loch Fyne chefs Rob Spillings and Adam Mott, as the group looks to embark on a ‘slow and steady’ UK expansion.

People on the Move in Hospitality: December 2012

13-Dec-2012 - In our exclusive People on the Move in Hospitality gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry. The past month has seen a number of new appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs and hospitality institutions including Vapiano, Seven Park Place and Lancaster London.

InterContinental London Westminster: BigHospitality's video tour

13-Dec-2012 - Last month global hotel company the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) opened the doors to its second InterContinental hotel in London and BigHospitality was given the rare chance to take an in-depth look at the property and speak to some of those who are responsible for its management.

Alea Leeds' 'entertainment hub' re-positioning pays off

13-Dec-2012 - The boss of casino and entertainment venue Alea Leeds says a repositioning of the business as an entertainment hub rather than a gambling destination has helped the business survive through a recession.

Catering education funding cuts will have long-term impact on industry, say tutors

13-Dec-2012 - Tutors of hospitality and catering courses have warned that cuts in Government funding for further education courses in the UK will have a long-term effect on the development of careers within the industry.

British restaurant Salon opens in Brixton Market

12-Dec-2012 - Former Brunswick House head chef Nicholas Balfe has opened Salon – a contemporary British restaurant situated upstairs from the Cannon & Cannon deli in Brixton Market.

Westminster Kingsway College launches world-class facilities for Culinary Arts students

12-Dec-2012 - Westminster Kingsway College in central London has unveiled a range of state-of-the-art facilities at its Victoria Centre, including a new teaching kitchen, innovation laboratory and patisserie.

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Bumpkin Westfield Stratford changes focus

12-Dec-2012 - British restaurant group Bumpkin, which has three restaurants in London, has unveiled a new format for its Westfield Stratford City site, with the development of a new kitchen, bar and grill to appeal to a more time-conscious market.

Pub and restaurant groups get late half-term sales boost

12-Dec-2012 - A later half-term than usual helped push up November sales by 6.5 per cent across 24 pub and restaurant groups according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker. 

Burger controversy: Rare meat crackdown could break the wave of West End burger joints

11-Dec-2012 - Foodservice businesses are being warned about the potentially fatal risks of selling rare and medium-rare burgers that haven't been prepared correctly after Westminster Council served notice against Davy’s Wine Bar for the sale of its ‘undercooked’ £13.95 burger.

Moo Grill opens second steakhouse in the City, eyes UK expansion

11-Dec-2012 - Argentinian steak restaurant Moo Grill, which launched in the City of London in 2010, has opened the doors of a second site just around the corner as co-owner Alberto Abbate reveals the group is looking to expand the concept throughout the capital and the rest of the UK.

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Sweet Mandarin restaurant sauces to be sold in Sainsbury's

11-Dec-2012 - A range of sauces produced by independent Chinese restaurant Sweet Mandarin are to go on sale in the free-from aisles of 500 Sainsbury's stores after it won a coveted listing with the supermarket chain. 

Business Profile: Ed's Easy Diner

11-Dec-2012 - Now 25 years old, Ed’s Easy Diner has never looked better, with strong like-for-likes and a shopping centre-focused expansion plan that is set to take it into the big league.


How to get the best value from food and drink suppliers

10-Dec-2012 - With ingredients continuing to creep up in price there has never been a better time for restaurant, pub and hotel operators to seek out the best value from their suppliers to ensure profit margins don't get squeezed too much. Here, Pelican Buying Company managing director Shabaz Mohammed gives some tips on benchmarking to ensure you get the best prices available to your business. 

Business rates e-petition launched as Autumn Statement branded 'missed opportunity'

10-Dec-2012 - Hospitality businesses throughout the UK are being urged to sign a new online petition to stop the Government’s planned postponement of the 2015 business rates revaluation, after last week’s Autumn Statement failed to support those battling high rates bills in already tough trading conditions.

Simon Rogan takes over two restaurants in Manchester's The Midland Hotel

10-Dec-2012 - Two-Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan has partnered with QHotels to take over the management of two restaurants in the group’s Manchester property, The Midland Hotel.

Russell Norman plans three new London restaurants and expresses 'urge' to develop pizza place

10-Dec-2012 - Polpo owner Russell Norman is planning to open three new large restaurants in London over the next 18 months and has also revealed a desire to open a pizza restaurant. 

Las Iguanas reports profit rise of 42% and double digit growth for festive bookings

10-Dec-2012 - Latin American restaurant group Las Iguanas has announced a strong year of trading for the year ending 31 March 2012 with sales up 13 per cent to £33.8m and operating profit up 42 per cent to £1.7m.