Friday Five: The week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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Friday Five: The week's top news

Related tags: Restaurant, Raymond blanc, Chef

We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

- Chef and restaurateur Tom Sellers is to step back from his culinary consultancy role at Restaurant Ours,​ the London restaurant he opened in April 2016, at the end of this month. Sellers will instead take on a more general position on the board of the business, while negotiating on an as-yet unnamed new project in Asia.

- Vico, the Italian restaurant launched by Bocca di Lupo founders Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo in London's Cambridge Circus, has closed after just two years of trading.​ ​The restaurant's menu and counter-ordering approach received a mixed response when it first opened, and it relaunched a few months later with a more traditional structure. The ill-fated site closed for good last weekend (25 June).

- Will Holland has been appointed executive chef at The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey, starting in October this year.​ It comes days after the chef announced he was stepping down from Coast, his two-AA-rosette restaurant in Pembrokeshire.

- London restaurant Stoke House has revamped its menu and service style​ just two months after opening following a less-than complimentary review in The Guardian.​ The restaurant said change was 'no bad thing' after critic Marina O'Loughlin wrote that the self-service system made her feel like she had 'regressed decades'.

- Brasserie Bar Co, the restaurant and pub group run in partnership with chef Raymond Blanc, is to open 24 sites over the next five years after securing £20m funding from Oaknorth bank.

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