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.

- The future of Marlon Abela's Mayfair hospitality empire is in doubt after his member's club Morton's and Michelin-starred restaurants The Square and Umu fell in to administration.​ ​It follows court action from HMRC to wind-up the businesses following non-payment of VAT.

- The AA is to start charging standalone restaurants​ with one or two rosettes a £180 fee to participate in the award scheme and appear in its annual guidebook. The AA says the charge is to help cover the cost of compiling the guide.

- Toby Burrowes has left his role as head chef ​at Phil Howard's Michelin-starred Elystan Street restaurant in Chelsea, citing a 'professional difference of opinion'. Burrowes worked at Elystan Street since it opened in 2016 and previously spent four years with Howard at The Square.

- D&D London is to launch a multifaceted dining space​ within the Pavilion at International Quarter London in Stratford. Split across three floors, the project will include a restaurant, cafe and rooftop bar.

- Nobu is reportedly set to close its restaurant on Berkeley Street​ in London's Mayfair after 15 years of trading. The move comes as the group prepares to open its second London hotel, in Marylebone, this summer.

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