Friday Five: the week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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Friday Five: the week's top news
We round-up the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week
  • Restaurant and coffee roasting business Caravan is looking to enter the grab-and-go market​ with a trial store at its upcoming Fitzrovia site. CTG (Caravan To Go) will trade from a dedicated area within the restaurant, which opens this summer, offering high quality patisserie, sandwiches, and hot food such as soups and dahl. If successful, CTG could open in standalone locations.
  • Restaurant customers of drinks suppliers Bibendum and Matthew Clark have been reassured they will continue to receive stock as normal after the companies were sold to C&C Group,​ the owner of Magners cider. It comes after the drinks brands' former parent company Conviviality filed for administration after discovering a £30m unpaid tax bill in March. C&C is providing funding to ensure all Bibendum and Matthew Clark creditors are paid in full.
  • Salt Yard Group says it received a 'zero' food hygiene rating​ for its eponymous London restaurant in December due to a "small, isolated incident". The company has taken steps to rectify the issue, but is still waiting for a health inspector to return - which can take up to four months. "Since [the inspection] the team have worked very closely with the council...this is not something the Salt Yard group have taken lightly," a spokesperson told BigHospitality​.
  • D&D London is to pull out of operating the dining and retail spaces​ at London's The Royal Exchange this August after 15 years. The company says it is "time for a change" and will instead develop a separate restaurant project in the Square Mile. Fortnum & Mason will take over at The Royal Exchange in October with a new 90-cover restaurant and bar.
  • Istanbul-based bao group BunCo will open its debut UK restaurant in the City of London​ this year. The site will serve green, red, black and 'plain' steamed buns with unconventional fillings such as tuna; falafel; fried chicken; and 'Mexican'. "BunCo was founded with the intention of bringing a unique interpretation to bao buns," says BunCo managing partner Baran Dumanoglu.

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