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

- Chef Bindu Patel, previously of London's Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna, has opened a vegan restaurant in Leicester.​ Sanctua's menu is inspired by the holistic Ayurvedic healing system, which treats food as medicine.

- PizzaExpress has reported a £55m pre-tax loss for 2018,​ while EBITDA dropped 15% to £80.2m. Speculation has been growing about the future of the 54-year-old chain, with CEO Jinlong Wang blaming losses on "labour and property cost increases in the UK" and "challenging conditions" in overseas markets. The company still has debts of £1.12bn, £655m of which is due for repayment in 2021.

- James May has been promoted from senior sous to head chef​ at Tom Kerridge's two-Michelin-starred Marlow gastropub The Hand and Flowers. He replaces Aaron Mulliss, who has left the kitchen after 12 years to pursue new ventures.

- The renowned Three Chimneys restaurant with rooms on the Isle of Skye has been sold by its current owners,​ Shirley and Eddie Spear, after 34 years. Its new owner is hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray, who will run the site as part of his Scottish hospitality group the Wee Hotel Company.

- London's specialist sausage restaurant X-Upper has announced it is to close this weekend​ after just two months of trading. The team say the site struggled to 'get enough new customers' for its investors to continue their support.

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