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

The Young Turks chef set to 'crowdfund' Shoreditch Town Hall restaurant

16-Aug-2012 - Isaac McHale, one half of The Young Turks chef collective, is preparing to jointly launch a set-menu restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall, financed in part by 'crowdfunding' with the aim of opening two more sites for investors to benefit from.

Chef Ben Spalding to take up six month residency at Five Eight Zero's Keston Lodge

16-Aug-2012 - Ex-Roganic head chef Ben Spalding is to take up a six month residency at pub company Five Eight Zero's Islington venue Keston Lodge.

Nick Parkinson and Dominic Chapman launch NED Pubs with debut site in Berkshire

16-Aug-2012 - Restaurateur Nick Parkinson and Michelin-starred chef Dominic Chapman have partnered with entrepreneur Eric Newnham to create NED Pubs which they plan to roll out with sites across the UK.

Pubs see sales turnaround during London 2012 Olympics

16-Aug-2012 - Sixty per cent of pubs saw an upturn in trade during the second week of the London 2012 Olympics, with one in five operators seeing like-for-likes increase by 11 per cent or more compared with the same period last year.

Hilton area president promotes hospitality careers to youth at launch of National Football Centre hotels

16-Aug-2012 - Hilton Worldwide's area president Simon Vincent has used the opening ceremonies of two hotels at the National Football Centre to both encourage more visitors to Britain and promote hospitality as a worthwhile career for more young people. 

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Bravo Inns acquires the Albion hotel for 30th pub

16-Aug-2012 - Bravo Inns, an operator of wet-led community pubs in the North West of England, has acquired its 30th site at the Albion Hotel in Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington.

Wagamama ploughs on with UK expansion under new chief executive

15-Aug-2012 - Fast-casual noodle chain Wagamama has secured four new restaurants in the UK, less than two weeks after it appointed  Steve Easterbrook as its new chief executive.

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Maze London to add sushi bar to restaurant

15-Aug-2012 - Maze London, Gordon Ramsay Holdings' (GRH) French Asian restaurant, is to add a sushi bar to the restaurant next month. 

Vingt-Quatre becomes VQ with hopes to expand in London and every major UK city

15-Aug-2012 - Vingt-Quatre, the 24-hour café and diner on London’s Fulham Road, has re-opened as ‘VQ’ following an extensive refurbishment and the business is now set to expand in the capital and other major cities.

Malai restaurant owner promises to bring authenticity back to Manchester's 'Curry Mile'

15-Aug-2012 - Experienced north west restaurateur Jaf Siddiqi has promised his latest venture, premium Indian restaurant Malai, will help bring back the authenticity of the famous 'Curry Mile' area of south Manchester.

Investor buys Llangollen Hotels' The Wild Pheasant out of administration

15-Aug-2012 - Llangollen Hotels' The Wild Pheasant hotel in Llangollen, North Wales, has been bought out of administration by London-based investor Asif Siddiqui. 

Stratford's pubs win in London 2012 Olympics as sales double on average

15-Aug-2012 - Sales in pubs in Stratford doubled on average during the London 2012 Olympics as visitors, volunteers and even athletes decided to celebrate victories and commiserate losses close to the Olympic Park. 

Damp July and Olympics Opening Ceremony hit restaurant and pub sales

15-Aug-2012 - The week running up to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics was the worst performing week of July for the UK’s leading restaurant, pub and bar groups, pushing an otherwise generally flat period into negative territory. 

Maybourne Hotel Group: McKillen pledges to consider appeal of court verdict in favour of Barclay brothers

14-Aug-2012 - Patrick McKillen has said he is considering appealing against last week's court verdict which ruled in favour of the Barclay brothers after he filed a case challenging the legality of the brothers' attempted takeover of Maybourne Hotel Group. 

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April Bloomfield returns to London for two-day stint at St John

14-Aug-2012 - Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield is returning to the UK this autumn, to work alongside Fergus Henderson in a two-day stint at St John restaurant in Chinatown.

Malcolm John closes Le Cassoulet and Fish & Grill

14-Aug-2012 - Two of Malcolm John’s restaurants - Le Cassoulet in South Croydon and Fish & Grill in Putney - have closed their doors after trade at the sites failed to pick up over the past 12 months.

Spice Market London turns ground floor restaurant into noodle bar

14-Aug-2012 - Jean-Georges Vongerichten's London outpost Spice Market London, has turned half of its two-floor restaurant into a dedicated noodle bar and lounge with the aim of capturing the all-day dining market. 

Hospitality’s Olympic legacy: Catalyst for industry growth or series of broken promises?

14-Aug-2012 - “You have shown the world the best of British hospitality,” said IOC president Jacques Rogge in his speech at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday evening. And the praise for the work of hotels, restaurants and pubs during the Games doesn’t stop there.

Il Tempo owner claims concept will be the first authentic open table aperitivo bar in London

14-Aug-2012 - Il Tempo, a restaurant and bar serving Italian drinks plus aperitivo dishes available on an open table, is set to open in Covent Garden in September; a concept the owner says is the first of its kind in London. 

Business Profile: Chipotle

14-Aug-2012 - Jacob Sumner, responsible for US burrito chain Chipotle's expansion into and across the UK, talks about the business and its mission to show UK consumers that fast food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad food.

Dukebox: Playground-themed nightclub set to open in Chelsea

13-Aug-2012 - Dukebox, a new nightclub situated just off of London’s Fulham Road, is set to open its doors next month under a ‘grown-ups playground’ theme, featuring carousel horses, a magic roundabout dance podium and seating booths in the guise of Waltzer cars. 

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack pop-up team set to launch permanent restaurant

13-Aug-2012 - The team behind the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack pop-up restaurant and a number of other pop-up and temporary projects are planning to launch a permanent restaurant in Fitzrovia this autumn.

Simon Rogan: Perfect rating in 2013 Good Food Guide ‘the icing on the cake’

13-Aug-2012 - Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume has scored the perfect 10 in The Good Food Guide 2013, joining The Fat Duck as one of only two restaurants in the UK to achieve the maximum rating. 

The Yummy Pub Company plans Ssshh Supper Club rollout in new partnership with Charles Wells

13-Aug-2012 - The Yummy Pub Company has announced it is to rollout its Ssshh Supper Club concept to The Gorringe Park pub in Tooting after the venue was bought by Charles Wells with the specific intention of the two companies jointly launching a second operation together.

Drake & Morgan reveals plans to expand to seven City sites in 2013

13-Aug-2012 - Drake and Morgan, the bar and restaurant operator run by Jillian Maclean, has announced it is to open two new sites in 2013 taking its portfolio of City of London venues to seven.

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