Friday Five: The week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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Friday Five: The week's top news

Related tags: Fat duck, Chef

From the latest casualties of the downturn in the restaurant market to a departure at The Fat Duck, we round-up some of the top stories you might have missed this week.

- 8 Hoxton Square, the sister site to Soho's 10 Greek Street, has closed its doors after just under four years of trading.​ The well-loved restaurant received a glowing review from critic Marina O'Loughlin in 2014, but cited 'underperformance' of the site as the reason for the closure.

- Is time up for Byron? The beleaguered burger chain has proposed a restructure of the business​ under a Company Voluntary Agreement (CVA) that could lead to the closure of up to 20 of its nearly 70 sites. The group's creditors will vote on the CVA on 31 January.

- There was another victory for the @WeWantPlates​ movement this week after a council warned that restaurants serving food on poorly maintained wooden boards could pose a health risk to diners.​ Birmingham City Council issued the advice after Ibrahim's Grill and Steak House in the city was fined £50,000 for using boards described as 'incapable of being cleaned'.

- Jonny Lake has announced he is to leave his role as executive chef at The Fat Duck Group​ after 12 years at the business. The chef, who joined The Fat Duck in Bray as chef de partie in 2005, will leave in March to pursue personal projects.

- Polpo has put its Exeter restaurant on the market​ after selling its site in Bristol and Ape & Bird gastropub in London's Cambridge Circus. In a statement, managing director Scott Macdonald denied the closures were related to the current economic climate. "We enjoyed a record-breaking final quarter of 2017 and we are continuing to grow the Polpo and Spuntino brands in 2018," he said.

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