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Hospitality Openings: September 2015

30-Sep-2015 - September was another busy month for the hospitality sector, with a former Hakkasan chef opening his first restaurant, new sites from Dirty Bones Burger & Lobster, and Hilton launching its first London...

Plans submitted to turn Chesterfield Co-op into hotel and restaurant space

30-Sep-2015 - Plans have been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council to turn the former Co-op department store in the town into a hotel and leisure space. 

UK hospitality industry to expect influx of Chinese visitors

30-Sep-2015 - The UK’s hospitality and tourism sectors should expect to see an increase in the number of visits from Chinese tourists over the next month as they enter their holiday season,...

Marriott Moxy hotel to open in York

30-Sep-2015 - Marriott International and Vastint Hospitality have secured a site in York for their millennial-targeted Moxy hotel brand.

Best Western GB in talks to recruit five star hotels

30-Sep-2015 - Best Western Great Britain has revealed it is in talks with five star hotels in the UK with a view to adding luxury properties to its BW Premier Collection portfolio...

First Look: The new-look Le Pont de la Tour

30-Sep-2015 - D&D London's Thameside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour re-opened its doors this week after a two month refurbishment and BigHospitality was one of the first to see it. ...

WSH sets up dedicated restaurant arm

30-Sep-2015 - Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the owner of Searcys, BaxterStorey and Beungo, has set up a dedicated restaurants division to support high­-profile chefs in launching new ventures. 

BIRD hoping to spread its wings in 2016

29-Sep-2015 - The husband and wife team behind fast growing London fried chicken restaurant BIRD have said they would ‘love’ to continue expanding the brand in 2016.

Mark Hix to open standalone Mark's Bar at the Old Vic

29-Sep-2015 - Mark Hix will open a standalone Mark's Bar within The Old Vic theatre next month. 

New World Trading Company heads south

29-Sep-2015 - New World Trading Company (NWTC) is continuing its expansion outside of the North of England with plans for a new Botanist site in Surrey.

Dish Deconstructed: Lobster Thermidor from Le Pont de la Tour

29-Sep-2015 - "Classics never die,” National Chef of the Year and Le Pont de la Tour’s new head chef, Frederick Forster, tells BigHospitality as he demonstrates how to make his Lobster Thermidor...

The Topland Group launches hotel development business

29-Sep-2015 - The Topland Group has launched a new hotel development business with Marick Real Estate and Mill Lane Estates.


Happy Halloween: Premier Foodservice helps restaurants get off to a spooky start

29-Sep-2015 - Premier Foodservice is helping restaurant and pub chefs get off to a spooky start this Halloween with the launch of its Winter Warmers calendar. 

Shoryu Ramen announces sister restaurant and regional expansion

29-Sep-2015 - Shoryu Ramen CEO Tak Tokumine has announced he is launching a new udon house concept – Ichiryu – in London in early 2016.

Travelodge outlines plans for expansion in Greater Manchester

29-Sep-2015 - Budget hotel chain Travelodge is looking to grow its presence in Greater Manchester after exchanging contracts on two new hotels in the region and announcing plans to look for a...

Levy Restaurants UK wins £7.3m Imperial War Museum catering contract

28-Sep-2015 - Compass Group UK & Ireland's sports, leisure and hospitality arm Levy Restaurants UK has won a catering contract worth £7.3m to design and manage food and beverage spaces at three...

Ceru to open third London pop-up restaurant

28-Sep-2015 - Levantine restaurant concept Ceru is set to open its third pop-up restaurant in London this week. 

Relax immigration laws to help address chef shortage, says recruiter

28-Sep-2015 - The chef shortage problem could be eased temporarily by relaxing Britain's immigration laws to allow a 'freer movement of chef talent' around the globe, the director of hospitality recruitment company...

Sat Bains and Michel Roux Jr among chef line-up at The Restaurant Show 2015

28-Sep-2015 - Sat Bains, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc are some of the big named chefs who will be sharing some of their trade secrets at The Restaurant Show next week...


Six steps to assigning a restaurant or pub lease

28-Sep-2015 - Paul Davey, managing director of Davey Co, talks through how restaurant and pub owners can assign the lease on their properties if they want to move on. 

Michelin chef scraps lunch service to improve staff hours

25-Sep-2015 - Michelin-starred chef James Close from The Raby Hunt in Darlington is scrapping his weekday lunch service in a bid to improve staff hours and encourage chef creativity.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week 21/09 - 25/09

25-Sep-2015 - We round-up some of the top stories on BigHospitality this week.

Trio of new appointments for Gordon Ramsay Group

25-Sep-2015 - Gordon Ramsay Group has announced a trio of head chef appointments at Heddon Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food and Maze Grill Mayfair.

Mobile phones cause “emotional stress” at dinner table

25-Sep-2015 - Mobile phone use while dining out causes “constant, low-level emotional stress”, a report finds.

Starbucks to introduce Living Wage and offer staff loans for rent

25-Sep-2015 - Starbucks UK has announced plans to raise its average UK wage to just under £8 an hour from November and launched a new scheme to offer interest-­free loans to help...

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