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Dwell founders to launch 'authentic' Indian restaurant

31-May-2013 - Aamir Ahmad and Sean Galligan, founders of furniture retailer Dwell, are turning their hands to the restaurant sector with the opening of authentic Indian restaurant Zumbura later this year.

Student Takeover: South Downs College students run The Langstone Hotel for a weekend

31-May-2013 - South Downs College and The Langstone Hotel teamed up this month on a unique project to develop young people's industry skills when a group of students took over the running of the entire Portsmouth venue for a weekend.

Greater protection for under-18s as the Portman Group's latest alcohol code comes into force

31-May-2013 - The Portman Group's latest code of practice for responsible alcohol marketing has come into force in the same week new statistics have shown a fall in alcohol-related hospital admissions of under-24s.

CAU takes third site, more on the horizon

31-May-2013 - Charlie McLean’s Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU has secured its third restaurant in London’s Blackheath, with another site expected to open later this year and four to five more planned in 2014.

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Tom Kerridge to celebrate pub grub in new TV show

31-May-2013 - Tom Kerridge, owner and head chef of The Hand & Flowers, is to present a new BBC Two TV programme celebrating the best in pub food.

Eighty sites in seven years: Giggling Squid ramps up expansion plans

31-May-2013 - Thai restaurant group Giggling Squid is sticking to its bold ambitions to become the first major national Thai chain with the appointment of a property director who will oversee its expansion target of 80 sites within seven years.

John Williams: Pearls of Wisdom

31-May-2013 - The son of a Tyneside fisherman, John Williams' distinguished hotel chef career has led him to head up the brigade at arguably one of the most famous hotels in the world - The Ritz London. Now he divides his time between 'evolving' the hotel's F&B and nurturing talent.

Carpigiani launches XVL soft serve line of ice cream machines

31-May-2013 - Ice cream equipment maker Carpigiani has launched the XVL soft serve line to allow operators of all sizes to provide fresh, soft-serve gelato.

Accor targets 150 Pullman Hotels & Resorts by 2020 following global repositioning

30-May-2013 - Global hotel operator Accor has announced it is to reposition its upscale Pullman Hotels & Resorts brand in order to match 'new business traveler' behaviour.

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Richoux Group to open second Zippers restaurant in Port Solent

30-May-2013 - Restaurant company Richoux Group is to open a second venue under the American restaurant brand - Zippers - in Port Solent, Portsmouth.

Trishna founder doubles up in London

30-May-2013 - Karam Sethi, who last year earned a Michelin star as chef patron of Trishna London, is launching a second modern Indian restaurant in Mayfair this summer. 

Honky Tonk heads to Clapham, London expansion begins

30-May-2013 - The owner of Honky Tonk, the American diner concept which launched in Chelsea last year, has secured a second site in Clapham Common as part of ambitious plans to roll out up five venues a year across London.

Turtle Bay secures expansion funds for 10 more sites

30-May-2013 - Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant concept developed by Ajith Jayawickrema, one of the founders of Las Iguanas, has secured new funding, which will allow it to open 10 new restaurants over the next couple of years.

Hospitality Openings: April/May 2013

30-May-2013 - New London restaurants, including a diner concept from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and the first venue to open in The Shard, dominate our hospitality openings gallery for April/May 2013 although innovative bars and hotels also feature.

Fourth launches new software to 'democratise' business intelligence

29-May-2013 - Fourth has developed new software that can provide hospitality businesses of all sizes to analyse all aspects of the business, from labour, to purchasing and profits, at the touch of a button.

The virtual hotel: Have major chains ‘lost their DNA’?

29-May-2013 - The move by major hotel chains to adopt an asset-light or ‘virtual hotel’ business model by franchising and managing properties has created a ‘vertically disintegrated’ marketplace, with the number of specialised firms involved in the industry continually increasing.

Creativevents aims for greater share of heritage and attractions catering market with new appointment

29-May-2013 - Events catering company Creativevents has taken on a business development manager for its heritage and visitor attractions division Creative Taste to help grow its share within the market. 

Carlson Rezidor ploughs £10m into refurb of Radisson Blu Manchester Airport hotel

29-May-2013 - USA-based hotel group Carlson Rezidor has revealed plans to refurbish the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport in a £10m project which the hotelier has said will be the largest hotel investment programme in the north of England.

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Seven chefs picked for Electrolux Chef Academy competition final

29-May-2013 - Seven young chefs have been chosen to compete in the Electrolux Chef Academy final for the chance of winning one of three 12 month work placements with Michelin-starred chefs Simon Hulstone, Tom Kitchin and Peter and Jonray Sanchez. 

The Pig owners take over Hunstrete House with plans to re-open by Christmas

29-May-2013 - Home Grown Hotels, the owner of The Pig hotel brand, has taken over former Von Essen hotel Hunstrete House with plans to re-open it as a hotel by the end of the year. 

Paesan Italian restaurant brings ‘cucina povera’ to Exmouth Market

29-May-2013 - The restaurateur behind Pasta Brown has acquired the former Dollar Grill Martini site in London’s Exmouth Market and is set to re-open the venue as Paesan Italian bar and kitchen this summer.

Clement Robert of Medlar named Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2013

29-May-2013 - Clement Robert, head sommelier at Medlar in London, has been named the Moet UK Sommelier of the Year 2013 after winning the hotly-contested final at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London yesterday.

Milton House named UK’s Friendliest B&B

29-May-2013 - Milton House in Poet’s Corner, Bath, has been crowned the Friendliest Bed and Breakfast of the Year by the AA in its annual Bed and Breakfast Awards.

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La Tasca completes turnaround following restructure

29-May-2013 - Spanish restaurant chain La Tasca has said a turnaround of the business following last year's restructure is complete, with the business back in profit after four years of seeing sales drop. 

Jonathan Neame: Beer duty cut has given Shepherd Neame confidence to invest in 40 pub projects

29-May-2013 - Jonathan Neame, chief executive of brewer and pubco Shepherd Neame, has revealed the cut in beer duty has given him the confidence to accelerate investment in his company's expanding pub estate. 

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