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Offer free Wi-Fi to keep customers happy

20-Jun-2007 - BigHospitality discovers that offering free wireless coverage on your premises is no longer a luxury – it's a necessity if you want to keep your customers happy

Mechu relaunches

20-Jun-2007 - Mechu restaurant, bar and late lounge in Birmingham is to get a £1m refurbishment to include a bar/grill and VIP club lounge. Owners Keith Williams and Mark Jones have shut...

Skylon at the heart of the Royal Festival Hall's £91m refurbishment

20-Jun-2007 - The 1950s retro-styled flagship restaurant at the heart of the Royal Festival Hall's £91m refurbishment Surely the measure of a successful ‘restaurant with a view' is when it has you...

Black Swan; O&H properties; The Heart development; Scotch Steak House

20-Jun-2007 - The Black Swan hotel and restaurant in Helmsley, North Yorkshire has been taken over by the people behind Seaham Hall in County Durham and The Samling in the Lake District....

Martel Smith buys The Dawnay Arms in Newton

20-Jun-2007 - Martel Smith, of No 3 York Place restaurant in Leeds, has bought The Dawnay Arms in Newton on Ouse near York for £500,000. Smith bought the pub with his partner,...

Guide to barring aggresive restaurant customers

20-Jun-2007 - Nobody wants to bar a customer, but if you feel there really isn't any choice, here are some ways of doing it right. Barring customers is an uncomfortable thing for...

Worral goes to Windsor

20-Jun-2007 - Antony Worrall Thompson is to open a restaurant in Windsor at the beginning of September, making it his sixth restaurant under the AWT Restaurants banner. The Windsor Bar & Grill...

The Glorious Group bags O2

20-Jun-2007 - Three new restaurants and bars are to open in O2, formerly The Millennium Dome in Greenwich. All of the new ventures will be owned by newly formed The Glorious Group...

GM buys Jessica's

20-Jun-2007 - Restaurant Manager Pascal Cuny goes it alone in his first restaurant Pascal Cuny, the former Restaurant Manager of Michelinstarred Jessica's restaurant in Edgbaston, Birmingham, has bought the restaurant after Head...

Negative restaurant reviews online could put off 50% of possible customers

20-Jun-2007 - Online restaurant reviews have a large influence on customers decisions on whether or not to make a booking, according to new research from American Express. It found that nearly half...

Loch Fyne Restaurants posts £29million turnover

20-Jun-2007 - Loch Fyne Restaurants has posted a turnover of £29m, a 17 per cent increase on the same period last year, in the financial year ended December 31. Profits were up...

Jeff Baker of J Baker's Bistro Moderne tells us what works and what doesn’t in his restaurant

20-Jun-2007 - SEASIDE SPECIAL - Spiced Whitby Crab, Seaweed, Sesame and Sea Salt Crackers Obviously this uses local produce with the crab. We get the white meat then blitz the brown with...

Seasonal Sangria specials

20-Jun-2007 - Sun, sea and sangria: it's a Costa del Crime cliché, but one not to be knocked. At Pintxo People in Brighton, they've turned Spain's much-maligned boozy beverage into a talking...

Iced coffee is more popular than hot coffee in summer

20-Jun-2007 - Iced coffee is a great summer drink with adult appeal, but there's only one way to make this refreshing classic Coffee-chains churn out gallons of the stuff during the hot...

Nottingham Restaurant of the Year 2007

20-Jun-2007 - Fine dining Nottingham favourite picks up top prize again World Service in Nottingham has reclaimed the title of Nottingham Restaurant of the Year in the 2007 awards. The restaurant, in...

Alex Renton looks at whether sub-Saharan food could be the next big thing for restaurateurs

20-Jun-2007 - After a trip to Malawi, Alex Renton ponders whether sub-Saharan food could really be the Next Big Thing I was just back from Malawi – an impoverished former British colony...

Guide to managing your wine list

20-Jun-2007 - The Bell at Skenfrith Six years ago Janet and William Hutchings, wanting ;To create somewhere we would like to go; converted The Bell at Skenfrith in Monmouthshire – originally a...

Restaurant designs - Straits Kitchen, Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore

20-Jun-2007 - The traditional hawker centres of Singapore are the inspiration behind several of the city's new eating out concepts A lasting memory to many visitors to Malaysia and Singapore, particularly those...

Profile on Alan Bacon - Partner, with Nick Hill, of the five-strong steak house company

20-Jun-2007 - Alan Bacon, who is he? Partner, with Nick Hill, of the five-strong steak house company, Black & Blue, modelled on American steak houses but using British ingredients. Bacon and Hill...

Stanza - Suzanne Eske and Toby Gawin introduce British restaurant Stanza

20-Jun-2007 - WHO? - Financial director Suzanne Eske (ex Gruppo) and partner Toby Gawin introduce British restaurant, Stanza, to the Teatro site. Head chef is Stuart Tattersall, formerly of the Match Group...

Further restaurant openings - Feng Sushi, The Tannin Level, Molloy's, J.Baker's Bistro Moderne

20-Jun-2007 - Feng Sushi Joining Skylon at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall is Feng Sushi. The new branch is the sixth for the quirky sushi chain, following successes in London including Borough...

Book review - Sergio, by Sergio Herman and Pieter van Doveren

20-Jun-2007 - With his restaurant holding three Michelin stars and a listing in The S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, Sergio Herman of Oud Sluis in Holland is not just another chef. And...

The Casino - the brand new Vegas-style casino on Leicester Square in London

20-Jun-2007 - WHO? - The brand new Vegas-style casino on Leicester Square in London – in the old Empire ballroom - has already caused a stir with its flash opening party, but...

Northern Soul Food - Nick Julian ex-General Manager of Loch Fyne Leeds goes it alone

20-Jun-2007 - WHO? - Nick Julian, ex-General Manager of Loch Fyne, Leeds, goes it alone, aided by Head Chef, Will Pugh (another ex-Loch Fyne man). ON THE MENU? - Yorkshire Black Pudding,...

The Bullfinch - Geronimo Inns adds Sevenoaks pub

20-Jun-2007 - WHO? - Geronimo Inns, founded by Rupert and Joanna Clevely in 1995, adds Sevenoaks pub, the Bullfinch, to its 16- strong portfolio. It's run by husband and wife team, Karen...

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