All news articles for January 2011

Fast, fresh food concepts like Chilango will do big business this year

Food Trends 2011: Dining Trends

By Becky Paskin

Vouchers and discounts have meant big business for restaurants over the last year, but with consumers increasingly looking for value in more than just their wallets, and with warnings that vouchers could permanently damage brands, restaurants will need...

All 850 Pontin's staff have retained their jobs

Brittania Hotels acquires Pontin’s

By Becky Paskin

The Brittania Hotel Group has successfully acquired leisure group Pontin's as a going concern, after the group fell into administration in December.

London businesses could benefit from later opening hours during the Olympic Games

Extended opening hours for London Olympics

By Mark Stretton

London’s Westminster Council is to grant more late licences to bars and restaurants in the capital in a three-month window surrounding the 2012 Olympic Games.

The old Natwest bank on North Audley Street will become Banca

Roka duo to launch Italian Mayfair restaurant

By Becky Paskin

Peter and Arjun Waney, co-founders of Zuma and Roka, have partnered with former A-Z Restaurants director Giuliano Lotto to launch a new Italian restaurant in Mayfair.

Yotam Ottolenghi will open Nopi later this month

Pearls of Wisdom: Yotam Ottolenghi

By Joe Lutrario

Born in Israel, Ottolenghi worked as a journalist before heading to the UK in 1998 to study at the Cordon Bleu. He oversees four Ottolenghi branches in London, while his new restaurant, Nopi, opens in Soho later this month.

The Salon Culinaire has taken place at the Hospitality Show this week

Salon Culinaire 2011 Results: Salon Display

By Becky Paskin

The results of the Salon Culinaire Salon Display competitions, in which hoards of chefs and patissiers strived to create platters, sculptures and decorative foods, have been announced.

Jamon Jamon will be opening on Caxton Walk, Charing Cross Road

Tapas restaurant opens second site in Charing Cross

By Lorraine Heller

The owners of the Spanish restaurant Jamon Jamon, located in London’s Camden, have purchased a new site in central London, where they plan to open a second branch next month.