Friday Five: the week's top news

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Friday Five: the week's top news

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We round-up some of the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week

- US burger chain Wendy's is planning a return to the UK​ almost two decades after closing its restaurants in Leeds and London. In a presentation to investors the fast food chain reportedly said it was looking to relaunch in the UK within the next 12 to 18 months.

- PizzaExpress has shrugged off rumours it is preparing for major site closures, insisting that 95% of its restaurants​ in the UK and Ireland are profitable. Speculation has been growing around the future of the chain, which was debts of around £1bn.

- A government pledge to introduce a law requiring employers to pass on all tips paid to workers in full has been met with concern by the hospitality industry.​ Finer details of the bill are yet to be revealed, but UKHospitality warned it could leave businesses shouldering extra costs.

- The full line-up of traders for London's Market Halls West End has been announced,​ including Pastaio and new concept's from chefs Tom Griffiths and Angelo Sato. 

- Gordon Ramsay's Maze Grill on Grosvenor Square has quietly rebranded as Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill,​ an all-day restaurant focusing on steaks and burgers. The site is adjacent to Lucky Cat, the chef's controversial Asian-inspired concept which launched earlier this year.

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