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 some of the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week

- Mediterranean restaurant group Hummus Bros has gone in to administration,​ with the closure of its six sites. In a statement the company blamed a "perfect storm of rising costs, reduced demand and over-supply in the market".

- The remaining Strada restaurants are to be rebranded,​ with a focus on all-day dining and cocktails. Though the Strada name will remain part of the branding, sites are to be redesigned with relaxed lounge areas and the menu updated to a more all-day offer. Strada closed 11 of its then-26 restaurants at the end of 2017, and the company website currently lists just 11 remaining.

- The Texture Restaurant Group has sold the first of its 28°-50°​ wine-focused London restaurant sites, and put the other two on the market. The company, co-founded by chef Agnar Sverrisson, says its Michelin-starred restaurant Texture in Marylebone continues to trade "exceptionally well" and is not for sale. 

- The Government is to launch a consultation on forcing restaurants, cafes and takeaways to display calorie counts on menus ​as part of plans to halve childhood obesity by 2030. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt says independent businesses could be exempt, but all large restaurant chains will need to label dishes.

- Chef Emily Roux and her husband, Le Gavroche head chef Diego Ferrari, are to open their long-awaited debut restaurant​ this year. The couple have secured a site in Notting Hill for Caractère, which is expected to focus on French and Italian dishes.

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