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Shake Shack to open in Leicester Square

31-Aug-2016 - US burger brand Shake Shack looks set to open its fifth UK restaurant in Leicester Square.

Adam Handling apologises for TripAdvisor outburst but calls feedback “unfair”

31-Aug-2016 - Chef Adam Handling has branded online criticism as “unfair, frustrating, and personal", but has apologised for replying to a negative TripAdvisor review by saying the customer was an “imbecile” who...

Cairn Group adds York bar The Parish to portfolio

31-Aug-2016 - North East hotel and bar operator Cairn Group has acquired York café bar The Parish. 

IHG eyes UK expansion for Kimpton Hotels

31-Aug-2016 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has confirmed its interest in launching the Kimpton Hotels brand in the UK as part of its European expansion plans.

Claude Bosi to close Hibiscus

31-Aug-2016 - Chef Claude Bosi is to close his two Michelin-starred restaurant Hibiscus in London's Mayfair on 1 October. 

Drake & Morgan plans Corney & Barrow site conversions

31-Aug-2016 - Bar operator Drake & Morgan will convert two Corney & Barrow sites to its own brand by the end of the year as it looks to integrate the city-based wine...

Chicago Rib Shack secures sixth site

31-Aug-2016 - Barbecue and burger brand Chicago Rib Shack is to open its sixth restaurant.

In Operation with... Drake & Morgan

31-Aug-2016 - The return of our popular video series In Operation with... sees us find out more about the inner workings of bar and restaurant group Drake & Morgan.

Ikea to launch DIY pop-up restaurant in Shoreditch

30-Aug-2016 - Swedish retailer Ikea is taking a break from flat-packing furniture to launch a pop-up ‘do-it-yourself’ restaurant in Shoreditch next month.

Late-night restaurant delivery service Feast HQ builds hotel offering

30-Aug-2016 - The founder of a late night food delivery service is targeting hotels to help them offer quality room service without running their kitchens after 11pm.

Ravinder Bhogal to open first London restaurant Jikoni

30-Aug-2016 - TV chef and food writer Ravinder Bhogal is set to open her first permanent restaurant in London next month.

London ice skating rink Queens to re-open as Skate-Bowl-Dine

30-Aug-2016 - London ice skating rink Queens – which claims to be the city’s only permanent rink and first opened in the 1930s ‒ is to re-open its doors this 16 November...

Half of millennials moving to healthier diet

30-Aug-2016 - New research has shown an increasing appetite for healthy eating – with 47 per cent of millennials saying they have changed their dining habits over the last year towards a healthier diet.

Hospitality benefits from £40m fund as Government pledges to boost UK tourism

30-Aug-2016 - Seafood restaurants on the South Devon coastline, hotels and restaurants along the South West coast and golf resorts are some of the tourism businesses set to benefit from a share...

The doggy dollar: How hospitality is recognising our love of dogs

26-Aug-2016 - It’s no secret that Brits love their dogs, and recent trends suggest that hospitality is starting to wake up to the business benefits of catering to customers' canine friends.  ...

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 22/08 - 26/08

26-Aug-2016 - From high-profile restaurant lists to chefs writing to the Mayor of London, it was eventful this week. Here’s some of the top stories

UK restaurants help raise money for Italian Red Cross after earthquake

26-Aug-2016 - Restaurants across the UK are helping to raise money for the victims of the Italian earthquake, via the Italian Red Cross.

The Clink teams up with London Hilton Park Lane for charity dinner

26-Aug-2016 - The Clink Restaurant charity – which trains prisoners in hospitality skills and runs high-end restaurants in prisons ‒ has partnered with the 453-bedroom London Hilton on Park Lane for a fundraising dinner.

Gusto to launch £1m site in Birmingham amid wider expansion

26-Aug-2016 - Gusto, the Italian-style restaurant group, is to launch its first site in Birmingham next month after a £1m investment, amid wider expansion plans.

SACO appoints leadership team for Locke

26-Aug-2016 - SACO The Serviced Apartment Company has appointed a leadership team to oversee and spearhead the growth of its new aparthotel brand Locke. 


VQ founder Simon Prideaux on growing a 24-hour restaurant brand

26-Aug-2016 - Late-night restaurant group VQ opened its third site in Notting Hill this month ahead of its 21st birthday in October. 

Multi-generational workforce can boost happiness, says McDonald’s

25-Aug-2016 - Businesses with employees of different ages can boost employee happiness and productivity, and increase customer satisfaction, according to research from fast food giant McDonald’s.

Maxwell's to open Covent Garden bar in £1m investment

25-Aug-2016 - Maxwell’s Restaurants Group has revealed plans to open a new Covent Garden venue as part of a wider £1m investment across its late-night estate.

Dining trends: Burger market beefs up in 2016

25-Aug-2016 - The UK’s love affair with burgers has seen the market grow by almost a quarter in the last five years, a new study claims.

Simpsons to hold regular 'more relaxed' chef collaborations

25-Aug-2016 - Simpsons, the Michelin-starred restaurant near Birmingham, is to hold a series of chef collaborations, following news of the forthcoming one-off dinner with the team of Sticky Walnut.

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