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

- French chef Pierre Koffmann has said the modern Michelin Guide "tries to be for young people" and is "rubbish" at judging one-star restaurants.​ Speaking during the London Restaurant Festival, Koffmann added he would "love" to open another site in the capital in future. 

- Cambridge restaurant Alimentum has announced its closure prior to going in to insolvency​, ​with staff claiming they had been made redundant and were left unpaid. Alimentum owner Gary Randall told BigHospitality​ the loss of its Michelin star last year and departure of long-time head chef Mark Poynton had caused a "drastic" decline in its fortunes. He said staff would be paid, but it may take longer than usual through the insolvency process.  

- Gizzi Erskine is no longer opening the 60-70-cover flagship restaurant at Hackney's Mare Street Market,​ and her role has changed to that of a consultant. The chef helped curate traders for the 12,000 sq ft space, which opened earlier this year, and was also involved in selecting products for the market's on-site deli.

- Manchester's Midland Hotel, home to the Adam Reid at The French restaurant, is to be sold for £115m to overseas​ hotel investors. The site will keep its name after the sale, though its new owners are planning to invest £11m in renovation works.

- Barbecue restaurant group Grillstock has ceased trading,​ ​less than a year after it was bought out of administration. Its remaining sites in Leicester and Bristol have closed and administrators Leonard Curtis Recovery have been engaged. 

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