Friday five: The week's top news

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Friday five: The week's top news

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

- The team behind London’s Kitty Fisher’s are to launch a new restaurant​ in Covent Garden next year. Cora Pearl will open in the former Bella Italia site on 30 Henrietta Street in spring 2018.

- The family behind Michelin-starred The Black Swan at Oldstead is looking to open a second, “more accessible” restaurant.​ Tommy Banks, the chef-owner of the family-run restaurant,  which was recently named the best in the world by TripAdvisor, says he would like to open a second restaurant in a more urban location, and has set his sights on nearby York.

- Chef Scott Hallsworth has launched a crowdfunding campaign​ to take his Japanese concept Freak Scene from a pop-up to a permanent London site. The former Nobu head chef began the project in July after the sale of his Kurobuta restaurant group earlier this year.

- Soho House Group has confirmed it will reopen the iconic 150-year-old London restaurant​ Kettner’s in January 2018. The site, thought to have housed one of the oldest French restaurants in the capital, was bought by Pizza Express in 2002, but returned to a French brasserie in 2008 before it closed in 2016 after being acquired by Soho House.

-The all-day restaurant, bar and coffee group Daisy Green Collection has set a target of reaching 14 restaurants by 2020​. The group, founded by Prue Freeman and her husband Tom Onions in 2012, currently operates eight restaurants and cafes in the capital and says it wants to open a further six in the next two years, including sites outside of London. The group has secured a new debt finance deal worth £3.4m through UK bank OakNorth.

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