Friday Five: the week's top news

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Friday Five: the week's top news
We round-up the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week.

- Legendary chefs Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White are teaming up to launch a restaurant​ at The Abbey Hotel in Bath this autumn. Koffmann & Mr White's will serve French and English dishes designed by the pair. It will open in partnership with Black and White Hospitality, which runs White's empire of hotel restaurants.

- Plans for actor Robert De Niro's Covent Garden hotel​ have been scrapped after long-standing restaurants including Joe Allen were forced to relocate to make way for the site. BD Hotels, which was working with De Niro on the project, blamed a "changing economic picture".

- Carluccio's is to begin a £10m revamp of the menu,​ design and service at its restaurants after entering in to a Company Voluntary Agreement that will see it close up to 30 of its 103 sites. It comes after pre-tax earnings at the Italian chain almost halved to £6.5m last year. 

- Jollibee, the largest fast food group in the Philippines, is believed to be eyeing a UK opening in Earls Court​ as part of a global expansion drive. The c.2,700-strong chain, which serves burgers, fried chicken, noodle meals and coffee, is looking to open 500 new sites - half outside its native market.

- A second series of BBC2's Million Pound Menu has been commissioned, meaning the show will return to TV screens next year.​ ​Production company Electric Ray is on the hunt for new restaurateurs hoping to secure investment.

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