Some of the UK’s most accomplished multi-site operators reveal the secrets behind the creation and success of their business.
04-Jul-2014 - New wave fish and chip group Kerbisher & Malt has tweaked the standard chippy formula to bring affordable, quality fish and chips to West London – and it’s now starting to cast its net further afield
11-Jun-2014 - Gaucho’s more accessible little brother CAU has carefully refined its premium casual offering and is now beefing-up its presence in the south of England with northern expansion planned for next year
06-May-2014 - From its chop-house brand Graze and charcuterie bar Gordito to craft beer and pizza bar Beerd – not to mention its brewing business – Bath Ales is going places, as managing director Robin Couling explains.
02-Apr-2014 - Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to the masses.
06-Mar-2014 - A Dorset-born British pizza and cider brand has its sights on the capital – and to fill the gap left by Union Jacks’ departure. Founder Nikki Cooper spills the tomato sauce.
06-Feb-2014 - One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.
15-Jan-2014 - With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.
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.
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