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Heddon Street Kitchen opening date confirmed

06-Oct-2014 - Gordon Ramsay Group has announced that Heddon Street Kitchen will open next month, with Maria Tampakis appointed as the restaurant’s head chef.

Business Profile: Bodean's

06-Oct-2014 - After a five-year hiatus and a shrinking estate, barbecue brand Bodean’s is back on the expansion trail. Founder Andre Blais discusses why he won’t be getting his fingers burnt this time round.

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October opening for former CAU MD’s Café Pistou

03-Oct-2014 - Provence-inspired Café Pistou, the latest venture by former CAU and Gaucho managing director Charlie McLean, is set to open its doors by the end of October on Exmouth Market, London.

Brigade Bar & Bistro rewarded for training the homeless

03-Oct-2014 - London restaurant Brigade Bar & Bistro has won a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for training homeless people to become chefs.

ALMR welcomes income tax pledge

03-Oct-2014 - The Association for Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has welcomed the Prime Minister’s pledge that a future Conservative government would cut income tax for low paid workers.

The Life Goddess: Greek addition to Kingly Court

03-Oct-2014 - Greek restaurant The Life Goddess has opened its doors at Kingly Court, London, offering a menu of simple and authentic dishes.

Snaps & Rye to bring Danish authenticity to London

03-Oct-2014 - Danish restaurant Snaps & Rye is set to open on 28 October in North Kensington, offering a menu of authentic Danish dishes made with organic and seasonal ingredients.

Small Talk

Michael Riemenschneider on Canvas Chelsea and the difference between Swiss and French kitchens

03-Oct-2014 - The Swiss-German chef recently re-opened his Canvas restaurant in Chelsea and has taken over the lease of the Black Boys Inn in Berkshire.

Industry leaders share tips at Development Chef Club Food Forum

02-Oct-2014 - Chefs from the UK’s best restaurants gathered on 1 October at Westminster Kingsway College, London, to discuss their careers and share recipes at the Development Chef Club Food Forum.

Photos strongest factor for diner engagement on TripAdvisor

02-Oct-2014 - The number of photos posted online by diners and management directly affects engagement from prospective customers, according to TripAdvisor’s first restaurant engagement study.

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Light at the end of the tunnel for Tragus

02-Oct-2014 - Tragus has announced the completion of its financial restructuring and the appointment of Martin Robinson as non-executive chairman as part of a ‘transformational reorganisation’.

Kochhar to take over at Compleat Angler

02-Oct-2014 - Atul Kochhar, the Michelin-starred chef/patron of the Benares restaurant in Mayfair, is to operate the fine-dining restaurant at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report .

Social media to decide Exceptional Presentation Award at NCOTY

02-Oct-2014 - This year’s National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) competition will see the Exceptional Presentation Award winner chosen by the public over social media.

HotBox pop-up to open permanent site in London

01-Oct-2014 - Barbecue restaurant HotBox will open its first permanent site in Spitalfields this November, having tested the concept out as a series of pop-ups across the capital.

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HOSPA appoints new chairman

01-Oct-2014 - Chris Upton is to take over as chairman of The Hospitality Professionals Association for Finance, Revenue Management and IT (HOSPA).

Veeno plans roll-out through crowdfunding

30-Sep-2014 - Italian wine café Veeno has launched a crowdfunding campaign and aims to open four new sites by June 2015.

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Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2014: winners revealed

30-Sep-2014 - One Canada Square, Topolski and Hutong Shard were among the UK winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, held in London this week.

The Fish & Chip Shop opens second site in the City

30-Sep-2014 - Restaurateur Des McDonald will open his second The Fish & Chip Shop restaurant in the City of London this October, with plans to develop the concept into a national chain.

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Roka announces October launch for Aldwych venue

30-Sep-2014 - Japanese restaurant Roka will open its latest venue in Aldwych in the last week of October.

The Restaurant Show 2014 preview

29-Sep-2014 - The Restaurant Show 2014 will take place at Earls Court in London from 6-8 October. 

The Church Group to launch first venue outside New York

29-Sep-2014 - US-based The Church Group has secured a site in London to launch its Louisiana-themed bar and restaurant concept Ninth Ward in the UK in early 2015.

Strada sold to Sun Capital Partners for £37m

29-Sep-2014 - Tragus Group has sold 43 Strada restaurants to Sun Capital Partners (SCP) for £37m, claiming to have ‘secured a sustainable future for the business’.

British tops list of UK diners’ favourite foods

29-Sep-2014 - British food is still the nation’s favourite according to Travelzoo’s latest survey on eating out preferences.

'Informed but informal' dominates dining trends

29-Sep-2014 - The increase in eating out and higher customer expectations are driving the continued growth of ‘informed but informal’ dining experiences.

Grub Club to launch crowdfunding campaign

26-Sep-2014 - Food start-up Grub Club will launch a crowdfunding campaign on 29 September to raise £250,000 to further the business.