Friday Five: the week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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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.

- D&D London chairman Des Gunewardena has warned restaurants will need to adapt to managing with fewer staff​ once the government's proposed immigration rules come in to force. He told BigHospitality​ the industry would likely evolve to mirror "restaurants in a number of EU countries with high labour costs and taxes".

- The Restaurant Group is close up to 90 restaurants​ by the end of 2021. The company wants to cut the size of its struggling leisure arm, which includes the Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito brands, from 350 to around 260-275 sites.

- The chief executive of Market Halls says there are "around 300" traders​ who want to open in its schemes, and that a "churn" in operators is expected. Andy Lewis-Pratt added that it was possible the concept could evolve to include a 'competitive socialising' element in future.

-  The founder of London's conveyor-belt cheese bar has unveiled his next project ​- a boat-based cheese restaurant moored on Paddington's Grand Union Canal. The Cheese Barge will serve seasonal dishes showcasing 'the best of British cheese' when it opens in April. 

- The BBC is looking for chefs to take part​ in a new televised cooking competition that's set to film in the town of Tulum, Mexico this summer. 

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