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Friday Five: the week's top news

This week's top news stories include Ukrainian chef Yurii Kovryzhenko's plans to open a London restaurant, warnings of a 'critical situation' in hospitality, and a battle for control of Comptoir.

Disabled people being denied full access to hospitality

Disabled people are being denied some of the pleasures of eating and drinking out because of inaccessible or difficult to navigate venues and websites and poor customer service, a new report by the Business Disability Forum has found.

Uncorked: Fernando Cubas

The head sommelier at Theo Randall at the InterContinental on his Italy-focused list, Trentino-based producer Elisabetta Foradori and his love of Sicilian wines.

Pret to expand into India

Pret A Manger is to expand into India with up to 100 sites expected to open in the country over the next five years, under its latest global franchise agreement.

Book review: Core

Clare Smyth's book is fascinating insight into what it takes to be a chef at the very top of their game.

Inside The Angel at Hetton

Michael Wignall on his progressive Yorkshire Dales venue, which has just been named Gastropub of the Year at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards for the second time running.

How I Got Here: Tom Stock

The co-founder of Burger & Beyond, which has just launched a huge 119-cover site in London's Soho, on swapping a career in construction for one in restaurants.

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BrewDog eyes blockchain

BrewDog is working with digital finance platform Globecap on options for investors to 'tokenise' their equity in the craft beer business.

Trading in city centres bounces back

Out-of-home food and drink sales grew in all 10 of the country’s biggest city centres over the four weeks to 4 June, new research from CGA and Wireless Social reveals.

Flash-grilled: Emilia Strazzanti

The chef and co-founder of Sicilian ingredient supplier, meal kit and supper club brand Strazzanti on her career, from training at culinary school at 16 to running her own business.

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