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Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.

News in brief

Kew Green buys 19 Holiday Inns

01-Sep-2014 - Kew Green has become the largest Holiday Inn franchisee in Europe by acquiring 19 properties under InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) brand.

Second Hoxton Hotel opens this month in High Holborn

01-Sep-2014 - The second hotel in the Hoxton series, The Hoxton, Holborn, will be opening on 25 September. 

Shindig to launch at Lantana Café

29-Aug-2014 - Evening dining concept Shindig will be launching at Lantana Old Street and Fitzrovia this September, when both cafes will open with an evening offering centered round surf and turf. ...

The Maroush Group to reopen Crocker’s Folly

29-Aug-2014 - Crocker’s Folly restaurant and bar will be reopening in London’s St John’s Wood this October after an extensive restoration. 

News in brief

Five Guys to open second Scottish site

29-Aug-2014 - American burger chain Five Guys will open its second Scottish site in Glasgow later this year.

Featherblade pop-up to open in East London

28-Aug-2014 - New ‘modern British meat’ concept Featherblade will be setting up in the Star of Bethnal Green pub from September to January. 

Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree

28-Aug-2014 - Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in London’s Islington – bringing the brand’s portfolio in the capital to ten.

Opus directors to open new Birmingham city bar

28-Aug-2014 - The team behind Birmingham restaurants Opus at Cornwall Street and Café Opus at Ikon will be opening Opus Bar in the city’s Colmore Business District in November.

News in brief

Chilango’s Burrito bond closes at over £2m

28-Aug-2014 - Mexican chain Chilango has closed its crowdfunded Burrito Bond after collecting £2.16m of investment – over twice its original goal of £1m.

Small Talk

Emil Minev on high-rise dining and making people happy

28-Aug-2014 - The Bulgarian-born executive chef of the recently opened Shangri-La at The Shard oversees all food and wine at the luxurious – and somewhat elevated - London hotel.

Hospitality openings: August 2014

27-Aug-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far...

Former Gaucho director secures first M site

27-Aug-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this year, has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of...

Chicago Rib Shack launches new ‘neighbourhood format’ with latest opening

27-Aug-2014 - The Chicago Rib Shack has launched a new site in Clapham as part of its new neighbourhood format and has plans for further expansion in the next year. 

L’Enclume, Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay make Good Food Guide history

27-Aug-2014 - The restaurants scored a 10 out of 10 in Waitrose’s yearly publication – the first time in 15 years that three restaurants got the top mark.

New noodle bar serves up film noir

26-Aug-2014 - Bang Bang Canteen, which claims to be the first ever ‘Noodle Noir’ restaurant, will be opening in London this September. 

Bourgee steak and lobster concept to launch in Essex

26-Aug-2014 - A new steak and lobster concept called Bourgee is launching in Essex with views to expand across the rest of the UK.

Sports Bar & Grill opens 5th venue in Piccadilly

26-Aug-2014 - Sports Bar & grill is opening its fifth London site near Piccadilly Circus this September.

Dish Deconstructed: Mushroom spaghetti with ceps pil pil from Tickets, Barcelona

22-Aug-2014 - At the recent Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, Fran Agudo – head chef of Tickets in Barcelona – revealed the method behind the restaurant’s mushroom spaghetti with ceps pil pil.

New Tom’s pop-up to launch evening bar and bistro

22-Aug-2014 - Tom Conran’s Notting Hill pop-up New Tom’s is launching New Tom’s Bar & Bistro, which will open in September on the former site of Tom's Deli.

Bristol institution Melbournes reopens after 15 years

22-Aug-2014 - Melbournes, which operated on a BYO model in Bristol for over a decade before being sold in 2000, is reopening in a different location on 10 September.

Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Scottish hotel

22-Aug-2014 - French chef Albert Roux is to open another restaurant at a Scottish hotel in a deal with luxury Borders property the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.

Bunnychow opens first permanent site in Soho

22-Aug-2014 - Bunnychow is opening its first permanent venue on Wardour Street after the success of its food truck and Boxpark Shoreditch pop-up.

Marylebone Leisure Group to launch Barsmith

22-Aug-2014 - The Marylebone Leisure Group is to open Barsmith this September, a new cocktail bar concept in London’s Farringdon.

Amazing Venues to open No Man’s Fort as hotel

21-Aug-2014 - Man-made island in the middle of the Solent, No Man’s Fort, is currently undergoing a complete renovation before opening as a space for overnight stays and events this November. ...

Carom completes express refurb

21-Aug-2014 - Soho Indian restaurant Carom is putting the focus on small plate in its newly-refurbished Wardour Street venue.