Friday Five: the week's top news

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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

- Leon has closed its experimental Thai fast food restaurant Tuk Shop in London after just two months of trading​. The company says the concept, a collaboration chef David Thompson's Bangkok-based Aylmer Aaharn food group, will "pop-up" with a new menu in another central London location later this year.

- The CEO of Casual Dining Group has said the industry needs to dispel the "myth" that all restaurant workers are low paid.​ Steve Richards, who oversees brands such as Bella Italia and Las Iguanas, told the UKHospitality conference his highest paid waitress takes home £50k a year with tips. 

- Speaking at the same conference, hospitality entrepeneur Luke Johnson warned that the majority of investors have completely "lost interest" in the restaurant industry.​ The former PizzaExpress chairman said "virtually all" private equity had "washed its hands" of the sector amid its well-documented difficulties.

- The founders of sandwich chain Eat are expected to resign​ after the company closes 10% of its sites. Niall and Faith MacArthur are understood to have had no day-to-day involvement with the company for the last five years, besides sitting on the board. Eat avoided resorting to a CVA earlier this year, but has closed a number of its 100+ cafes.

- Pret A Manger is planning to open a store run entirely by members of staff who used to be homeless.​ The sandwich chain's Rising Stars programme launched ten years ago and has employed over 400 ex-homeless people since it started. It is hoped the site will showcase the advantages of employing people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

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