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London restaurant Lowcountry to serve 'authentic and regional' American cuisine

12-Apr-2012 - The owner of new London restaurant, Lowcountry Bar & Eating House, is hoping to introduce diners to 'authentic and regional' American food when it opens in Fulham High Street next month.

Champagne, hot dogs and fine dining under one roof in first restaurant for husband and wife pair

11-Apr-2012 - James Knappett, formerly of The Ledbury and Marcus Wareing's The Berkeley, is to open a new restaurant with his wife combining a hot dog and Champagne concept called Bubbledogs with a more private fine dining element - Kitchen Table.

Half of hospitality operators feel positive about business for 2012

11-Apr-2012 - Almost half of restaurant, hotel and pub operators feel positive about the year ahead with just 8 per cent believing the economy will slip back into another recession this year. 

Raymond Blanc's Brasserie Bar Co secures new funding to support expansion plans

10-Apr-2012 - Brasserie Bar Co, the operator of the Brasserie Blanc and White Brasserie brands, has secured a new £6m facility from Barclays to support its expansion and development plans.

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London restaurateurs encouraged to serve offal during Nose-to-Tail Fortnight

10-Apr-2012 - London restaurateurs and chefs are being encouraged to serve offal and less typical cuts of meat during Nose-to-Tail Fortnight organised by Sustain's Ethical Eats restaurant network which kicks off later this month.

Elena Arzak named World's Best Female Chef 2012 by World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards

10-Apr-2012 - Elena Arzak, joint head chef with her father Juan Mari at their restaurant Arzak in Spain, has been awarded the Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female Chef Award 2012 by the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards .

Live organic yoghurt range for hospitality business launched by Brown Cow Organics

10-Apr-2012 - Brown Cow Organics has launched a range of its live organic yoghurts specifically produced in a size and design to be used by hospitality sector operators.

Asian casual-dining sector hampered by lack of specialist chefs

10-Apr-2012 - The rapid expansion of ethnic-oriented midmarket restaurant chains such as Yo! Sushi, Wagamama, Busaba Eathai and Banana Tree is being increasingly hampered by the lack of specialist chefs in the UK.

Loungers receives £16m investment from Piper

10-Apr-2012 - The bar and causal dining restaurant group Loungers has received a £16m investment from private equity specialists Piper which will now take a significant minority stake in the company led by managing director Alex Reilley.

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De Vere and Red Carnation Hotels staff sign up to Hospitality Action’s Three Peaks Challenge

10-Apr-2012 - Staff from De Vere and Red Carnation Hotels are among those who have signed up to take part in this year’s Three Peaks Challenge for Hospitality Action (HA).

Business Profile: Canteen

05-Apr-2012 - Canteen’s blend of British-centric democratic dining has won it plenty of devotees, but has it got what it takes to expand in a rapidly changing marketplace?

Imperial launches FWE Cook and Hold Oven with smoking facility

05-Apr-2012 - Catering equipment manufacturer Imperial has launched the FWW Cook and Hold Oven, featuring a new smoking facility.

Career Profile: Arnaud Stevens

05-Apr-2012 - Arnaud Stevens is executive head chef at 40/30 at The Gherkin and group development chef for Searcys. Part of the management team at Searcys, he has overall responsibility for the kitchen at The Gherkin while also overseeing all food concepts for the company's public restaurants at venues such as the Commonwealth Club, Blenheim Palace and Champagne Bars at St Pancras and One New Change. 


Easter Special: Great Easter Egg Hunt at Shaka Zulu and Spring Lamb at Bread Street Kitchen

05-Apr-2012 - To celebrate the Easter weekend, hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars have told BigHospitality about the special events and promotions they’re running to market themselves more effectively and attract more customers.

Restaurant sector 'cautiously optimistic' about closure of VAT loophole for takeaway food

05-Apr-2012 - The Chancellor’s impending closure of a VAT loophole that meant some hot takeaway foods escaped the tax has been met with cautious optimism by the restaurant sector.

Bill's Produce to take over Zilli Fish and Café sites in London's Soho

05-Apr-2012 - Bill's Produce, the Richard Caring-backed café, restaurant and store group is to open a third site in London, on the former Zilli Fish and Zilli Café site in Soho. 

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Top chefs unite for CALM & Kevin Boyle charity dinner

05-Apr-2012 - A selection of top UK chefs are uniting to host a fundraising dinner for mental health charity CALM following the death of former Jamie Oliver chef Kevin Boyle. 

Lack of truly authentic Italian restaurants, claims Fratelli la Bufala as it makes UK debut

04-Apr-2012 - Fratelli la Bufala, the restaurant chain which currently operates around 100 venues in Italy, has opened its first full-scale UK site in Shaftesbury Avenue declaring there remains a lack of truly authentic Italian restaurants in the country.

FSA to carry out extra inspections of hospitality businesses before 2012 Olympics

04-Apr-2012 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs operating in areas with Olympics venues or hosting events during the sporting festival can expect extra visits from food safety inspectors in the run-up to the event.

Prezzo profits up, 20 sites planned for 2012

04-Apr-2012 - Italian restaurant chain Prezzo has unveiled plans to open 20 sites in 2012 after reporting a 14 per cent increase in pre-tax profit last year.

Design and presentation: How key is the look of a restaurant to its success?

04-Apr-2012 - Restaurant presentation, whether that be interiors or tableware, can have a huge impact on the diner experience, but how key is it to a business's success? 

Barburrito Mexican restaurants to hit London by storm

04-Apr-2012 - Mexican restaurant chain Barburrito has revealed plans to triple its portfolio to 18 sites over the next four years, with the bulk of the new sites in prime locations in London.

Mark Hix to open Tramshed restaurant in Shoreditch

03-Apr-2012 - Mark Hix’s long-awaited plans for a restaurant in the Tramshed building in London’s Shoreditch have been revived, with a new 150-cover restaurant and bar set to open next month.

Restaurant magazine speaks to five chefs rocking the UK food scene

03-Apr-2012 - They’re tenacious and turning heads with their blend of innovative cooking, uncompromising attitudes and often unconventional approaches. Restaurant magazine brings you five of the hottest chef talents in the UK right now in its April issue, out tomorrow.

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Red Hot World Buffet triumphs at Asian Business Awards

03-Apr-2012 - Red Hot World Buffet, the buffet restaurant chain that began in Nottingham in 2004, has won the Asian Business Awards Restaurant of the Year 2012 prize in a ceremony in London.