Some of the UK’s most accomplished multi-site operators reveal the secrets behind the creation and success of their business.
04-Dec-2013 - Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott's unconventional approach has resulted in one of the industry's big success stories - but things weren't always so rosy.
11-Nov-2013 - Despite a slow start on these shores, German-owned restaurant group Vapiano aims to become a key player in the UK's hugely competitive pizza-pasta market.
03-Oct-2013 - Goodman Restaurants broke the mould with the launch of Burger & Lobster in 2011, but there’s plenty more unconventional concepts still in the pipeline, as directors George Bukhov and David Strauss reveal.
05-Sep-2013 - Tesco’s purchase of Giraffe earlier this year moved both parties into new territory. Has it created a blueprint for a fresh approach to the casual dinning sector?
08-Aug-2013 - Having shed a number of under-performing sites, La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround at the Spanish casual-dining chain.
08-Jul-2013 - Gourmet Burger Kitchen has grown to become the UK’s biggest premium patty purveyor, but a host of new players are threatening to shake up the market.
12-Jun-2013 - After starting the UK burrito boom up north, Barburrito co-founder Morgan Davies is targeting London. He told Restaurant magazine's Stefan Chomka why he believes he’s in a strong position to take it by storm.
13-May-2013 - After the phenomenal success of Holborn’s Kimchee restaurant, Wasabi owner Dong Hyun Kim is bringing Korean food to the masses with an A1 Kimchee To Go format.
08-Apr-2013 - Peter Borg-Neal’s entrepreneurial spirit ensures Oakman Inns & Restaurants never stands still – not least in challenging pub-sector norms
12-Mar-2013 - Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group.
11-Feb-2013 - Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.
16-Jan-2013 - The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.
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.
12-Nov-2012 - Back in 1991 Eren Ali bought a failed Italian restaurant on a Bristol back street. Two decades later, Las Iguanas is the biggest player in the South American space.
15-Oct-2012 - With a second instalment of its take on India’s traditional café-restaurants about to open, Dishoom is successfully carving its own niche in the UK’s all-day dining space.
10-Sep-2012 - With forthcoming international openings Hakkasan is poised to become one of the biggest high-end restaurant groups in the world. Yet it’s London where the real excitement is going to be, as chief executive Niall Howard explains.
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.
10-Jul-2012 - Having ignored most industry rules, Living Ventures co-founder Tim Bacon finds himself running one of the most dynamic food and drink operations in the country.
13-Jun-2012 - The opening of his Mexican restaurant, La Bodega Negra, marked a change in focus for Will Ricker, and there are more surprises to come from the pan-Asian supremo.
02-May-2012 - Attention to detail and a moulding of the product to suit specific markets has seen ETM Group become arguably London’s most successful pub-restaurant outfit.
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?
07-Mar-2012 - Restaurant magazine editor William Drew talks to Jamie's Italian managing director Simon Blagden about the chain's ongoing success.
09-Feb-2012 - Nick Clegg's vision of a 'John Lewis economy' has caused much discussion of employee ownership in the wider media. It stands to reason that those with a stake in the business will put more in, and in the hospitality sector, where a venue being run with a lack of attention and commitment can spell disaster - giving employees the option to buy-in is arguably a sensible approach.
17-Jan-2012 - Chef-turned-restaurateur Malcolm John is one of the few independent group operators to mine the capital's outer reaches successfully.
07-Dec-2011 - Two childhood friends opened their first restaurant on a whim. Seventeen years on, Le Bistrot Pierre provides timely lessons in delivering value in the middle market.
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