All news articles for February 2022

How to successfully implement automation and self-service in a restaurant

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How to successfully implement automation and self-service in a restaurant

By Ordering Stack

Every industry today has been affected by digitalisation and automation, both of which streamline processes and increase profits, and the catering industry, with players large, medium, and small looking to optimise operations and activities, is no exception.

Tortilla Mexican burrito restaurant to launch in universities

Tortilla to become major player in on-campus dining

By Joe Lutrario

Tortilla is set to become a major player in university catering after striking a deal with the Compass Group UK & Ireland-owned Chartwells Universities to open restaurants on up to 14 campuses over the next five years.

BAO restaurant group QSR Automations

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Taking a bow to BAO

By QSR Automations

The operations director of BAO on his group's philosophy and how QSR Automations' ConnectSmart Kitchen has helped enhance the guest experience.

Chefs rally to support Ukraine

Chefs rally to support Ukraine

By James McAllister

Chefs and hospitality operators are pledging to help raise funds and sponsor visas to support people who have been displaced by the invasion of Ukraine.

Top news stories for hospitality industry

Friday Five: the week's top news

By Joe Lutrario

This week's most read news stories include a debut solo restaurant for ex-Pétrus head chef Larry Jayasekara, Tinie Tempah's fried chicken play and a new look and feel for PizzaExpress.

Ashley Tinoco head chef Sam's Riverside

Flash-grilled: Ashley Tinoco

By Joe Lutrario

The head chef of Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith on growing up in Goa, Gordon Ramsay and The Fat Duck.

Natural wine and deli specialist Provisions to open Hackney restaurant

Provisions heads to Hackney

By Joe Lutrario

North London-based natural wine specialist and deli Provisions is to open a retail and restaurant space in Hackney.

Potyo coastal Indian restaurant Cheshire Jason and Milena Almeida

Latest opening: Potyo

By Stefan Chomka

A duo with extensive casual dining industry experience have opened a coastal Indian restaurant in the Cheshire town of Wilmslow.

Daniel Manetti director of wine at The Connaught on his heavy weight wine list

Uncorked: Daniel Manetti

By Joe Lutrario

The director of wine at The Connaught on helping his grandfather tend his vines in Tuscany, wine merchant and critic Steven Spurrier and his heavy weight wine list.

Pizza Express is hoping to pull in younger diners with a new range of pizza wraps

The Lowdown: PizzaExpress wraps

By Joe Lutrario

The venerable casual dining brand is hoping to pull in younger diners and office workers with a new range of pizza wraps.

People on the move: February 2022

People on the move: February 2022

By Joe Lutrario

This month's job moves include a new COO for Fridays and Jonathon Swaine returning to the pub world to oversee Shepherd Neame's pub business.

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

By James McAllister

The CEO and founder of coffee chain WatchHouse on his career, motivations, and why there needs to be an open and honest conversation about the economics of hospitality.

UK restaurant market to grow 59% in 2022

UK restaurant market to grow 59% in 2022

By James McAllister


According to the new Lumina Intelligence UK Restaurant Market Report 2021/22, the UK restaurant market is set to recover to 94% of its 2019 value in 2022.

Latest opening: Ajia Busaba ‘immersive, speakeasy-esque’ bar izakaya

Latest opening: Ajia

By James McAllister

Busaba has launched an ‘immersive, speakeasy-esque’ bar in the basement of its new Oxford restaurant, suggesting a possible fresh direction for the Thai restaurant group.

Market Halls to launch in Canary Wharf

Market Halls to launch in Canary Wharf

By Joe Lutrario

London-based group Market Halls will finally launch its new 20,000 sq ft location opposite Canary Wharf’s upcoming Crossrail station late next month.

Food and drink price inflation surges to 3.5%

Food and drink price inflation surges to 3.5%

By James McAllister

Year-on-year foodservice inflation reached 3.5% in December 2021 with further prices rises forecast over the next three to six months, a new report from CGA and Prestige Purchasing shows.

Flash-grilled: Regis Cursan Nobu London's executive pastry chef

Flash-grilled: Regis Cursan

By James McAllister

Nobu London's executive pastry chef on his problem with 'posh' doughnuts, and why reading about the history of food is crucial for any chef starting out in the industry.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's main hospitality news stories include the publication of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland, BrewDog taking on the BBC, and Covid's impact on hospitality two years on.

Wagamama launches lunchtime delivery concept BOX

Wagamama launches lunchtime delivery concept

By James McAllister

Wagamama has launched a new lunchtime delivery concept called BOX across London and Leeds that's designed for both people who have returned to the office and those working from home.

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