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Shindig to launch at Lantana Café

29-Aug-2014 - Evening dining concept Shindig will be launching at Lantana Old Street and Fitzrovia this September, when both cafes will open with an evening offering centered round surf and turf. ...

The Maroush Group to reopen Crocker’s Folly

29-Aug-2014 - Crocker’s Folly restaurant and bar will be reopening in London’s St John’s Wood this October after an extensive restoration. 

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

29-Aug-2014 - Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Loyalty schemes ineffective for restaurants

29-Aug-2014 - Customers are more engaged in loyalty programmes for supermarkets than restaurants according to new research from GI Insight that shows only half of people who have joined such schemes are...

The Restaurant Group delivers solid first half performance

29-Aug-2014 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has reported strong financial results for the first half of 2014, with its Frankie and Bennie, Coast to Coast and Chiquito brands all enjoying significant profit...

News in brief

Five Guys to open second Scottish site

29-Aug-2014 - American burger chain Five Guys will open its second Scottish site in Glasgow later this year.

ADA Cosmetics International develops Hammam Spa

29-Aug-2014 - ADA Cosmetics International has launched Hammam Spa, a new cosmetic line for hotels.

New FriPura filter claims to increase life of cooking oil

29-Aug-2014 - FriPura has launched a new filter which it claims will double the life of cooking oil used for commercial fryers in pubs and restaurants.

Featherblade pop-up to open in East London

28-Aug-2014 - New ‘modern British meat’ concept Featherblade will be setting up in the Star of Bethnal Green pub from September to January. 

Hilton opens 10th London DoubleTree

28-Aug-2014 - Hilton has opened a DoubleTree hotel in London’s Islington – bringing the brand’s portfolio in the capital to ten.

Government scheme fails to boost SME lending

28-Aug-2014 - Business groups have called for government action after a new report showed lending to small and medium-sized firms (SME’s) such as restaurants, hotels and bars continued to fall in the...

North West hotels enjoy profitable July

28-Aug-2014 - London hotel profits dropped for the third consecutive month in July while profitability in the provinces soared, according to the latest data from HotStats.

Opus directors to open new Birmingham city bar

28-Aug-2014 - The team behind Birmingham restaurants Opus at Cornwall Street and Café Opus at Ikon will be opening Opus Bar in the city’s Colmore Business District in November.

News in brief

Chilango’s Burrito bond closes at over £2m

28-Aug-2014 - Mexican chain Chilango has closed its crowdfunded Burrito Bond after collecting £2.16m of investment – over twice its original goal of £1m.

Don’t defer pension auto-enrolment, expert warns SMEs

28-Aug-2014 - Hospitality SMEs have been told not to defer implementation of the pension changes coming into force next year, as the process can be unexpectedly lengthy.

Small Talk

Emil Minev on high-rise dining and making people happy

28-Aug-2014 - The Bulgarian-born executive chef of the recently opened Shangri-La at The Shard oversees all food and wine at the luxurious – and somewhat elevated - London hotel.

Hospitality openings: August 2014

27-Aug-2014 - Our latest round of up of the hottest hospitality openings includes exotic burger joint BOBO Social, Marco Pierre White's new Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Glasgow, the largest CAU so far...

Former Gaucho director secures first M site

27-Aug-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this year, has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of...

43% of guests admit to stealing from hotels

27-Aug-2014 - Flight booking company Just The Flight has released results from a new survey on attitudes to stealing from hotels, which could help hoteliers understand why guests do it.

Chicago Rib Shack launches new ‘neighbourhood format’ with latest opening

27-Aug-2014 - The Chicago Rib Shack has launched a new site in Clapham as part of its new neighbourhood format and has plans for further expansion in the next year. 

L’Enclume, Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay make Good Food Guide history

27-Aug-2014 - The restaurants scored a 10 out of 10 in Waitrose’s yearly publication – the first time in 15 years that three restaurants got the top mark.

New hood-type warewashers by Hobart

27-Aug-2014 - Hobart is launching new versions of its Premax AMX and AUP hood-type warewashers to help operators save time and money while providing better cleaning.   

News in brief

Hotels in Sheffield are the UK’s cleanest

27-Aug-2014 - Hotel booking portal hotel.info has released analysis to show which cities its users have rated as having the cleanest hotels, with Sheffield coming out on top, and Birmingham at the...

New noodle bar serves up film noir

26-Aug-2014 - Bang Bang Canteen, which claims to be the first ever ‘Noodle Noir’ restaurant, will be opening in London this September. 

Bourgee steak and lobster concept to launch in Essex

26-Aug-2014 - A new steak and lobster concept called Bourgee is launching in Essex with views to expand across the rest of the UK.

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