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

- Amazon has confirmed it is to close its London restaurant delivery service after less than two years​. The US-based company will stop offering the takeaway service, which worked with Michelin-starred Benares and several casual dining chains, to its Prime members on 3 December.

- Chef Mark Abbott has become a business partner in Cambridge's Midsummer House​ after eight years at the restaurant. Chef-patron Daniel Clifford praised 'calm and collected' Abbott and tweeted that he would help take the two-starred site 'to the new level'.

- The company behind crazy golf and hospitality brand Swingers is to launch a second concept in the UK​ after receiving 'significant' funding from private investment firm Cain International. Competitive Socialising currently runs two London sites combining street food and sport, and is also believed to have a third lined up in New York.

- Shareholders in The Restaurant Group (TRG) have narrowly approved its £559m takeover​ of Wagamama. Some 60% voted in favour of the deal this week. Acknowledging the 40% opposition, TRG said that though it is confident the deal will create 'significant long-term value' it will 'engage with investors to address their concerns'.

- Chef Michael Caines is to open a restaurant in Exmouth in 2020 as part of a new development in the port town.​ The casual dining site will be a departure from his Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor hotel restaurant, with a menu 'to suit all tastes' and a dog-friendly cafe area serving coffee and ice cream. 

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