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 Romy Gill is to close her Romy's Kitchen restaurant in Thornbury, Gloucestershire after six years of trading.​ Gill is taking a break to focus on an upcoming book launch, but has received interest from investors and hopes to return to a restaurant kitchen in future.

- Byron is to use its original High Street Kensington restaurant as a test bed for a wider revamp​ of the business, including a trial of its first brunch menu. It will reopen in October/November with a new design, including more communal tables and soft seating. Successful elements will be rolled out across the business from January.

- Shipping container mall Boxpark plans to open 10 new sites​ over the next five years, including two new concepts. It is looking to expand across the UK with its BoxOffice co-working space and smaller BoxHall food and beverage-focused brands.

- Baked potato-focused chain Spudulike has entered administration​ with the loss of nearly 300 jobs. The group was founded in Edinburgh in 1974 and has now closed all its 37 sites.

- Rival table booking sites Quandoo and OpenTable have agreed a deal to integrate their restaurant inventory. Previously exclusive restaurant partners will be bookable across both platforms​, ​at no extra charge. 

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