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

- Mark Hix is reportedly in talks to close his HIX Soho restaurant,​ marking the end of his company's presence in London's West End. Mexican chain Tortilla Republic is understood to be eyeing the site.

- Patisserie Valerie has unveiled its vision for the future,​ including a revamped menu and new blue and gold branding. Causeway Capital Partners, which bought the bakery chain out of administration in February, is planning to start refurbishing sites before Christmas.

- Peruvian restaurant group Ceviche has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators​ following an "incredibly tough" 18 months of trading. Founder Martin Morales is working with RSM to find a last-minute buyer for the London-based business.

- Karen Forrester is to step down as chief executive of TGI Friday's UK​ on 13 December after 12 years in the role. Total sales at the chain dropped from £216m to £208m in 2017-18, but like-for-like sales have reportedly picked up in the current financial year. She will be succeeded by Virgin Active boss Robert Cook. 

- The owners of Michelin-starred Wilks in Bristol have put the restaurant up for sale​ after seven years of trading, with plans to move abroad. James Wilkins and Christine Vayssade have run the site since 2012 and it has held a star since 2013.

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