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Rock on: Josh Littman, EMEA director of Hard Rock Hotels

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Josh Littman of Hard Rock Hotels on UK expansion and updating the brand

By Hannah Thompson

As Hard Rock Hotels announces its entry into the UK with a renovation of the 900-bedroom former Cumberland Hotel in central London by 2018, we speak to Josh Littman, EMEA director of development for Hotels & Casinos at Hard Rock International, about...

Business Profile: Boston Tea Party

Business Profile: Boston Tea Party

By Mark Wingett

The 18-strong café and restaurant group Boston Tea Party is moving beyond its south-west heartland. But it still doesn’t want to be called a chain. 

Shaun Rankin on his new London restaurant at Flemings Mayfair

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Shaun Rankin on his new London restaurant at Flemings Mayfair

By Joe Lutrario

Yorkshire-born Rankin is Jersey’s best-known chef and has attracted a Michelin star for his cooking at Ormer in St Helier. Next month, he launches a signature restaurant - Ormer Mayfair - at the newly refurbished Flemings Mayfair in London. 

Mark Rosati on how fine dining inspires the menus at Shake Shack

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Mark Rosati on how fine dining inspires the menus at Shake Shack

By Sophie Witts

Mark Rosati began his career at New York's Gramercy Tavern before moving on to Danny Meyer's then-fledgling burger chain Shake Shack. As culinary director he is tasked with eating his way around the globe to create a series of locally-inspired...

Business Profile: Individual Restaurant Company

Business Profile: Individual Restaurant Company

By Mark Wingett

Piccolino and Bar & Grill owner Individual Restaurant Company has kept a low profile in recent years. But with the remodelling of its estate and a tie-up with an Italian TV chef, it is no longer keeping its qualities to itself. 

Steven Ellis on his new pub Oxford Blue

Steven Ellis on his new pub Oxford Blue

By Hannah Thompson

Fresh from seven years with Clare Smyth at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and two years with Andrew Pern at the Star Inn, Steven Ellis is raring to go with Oxford Blue, opening in Windsor in late summer within two 19th century cottages that used to belong...

Business Profile: New Moon Co

Business Profile: New Moon Co

By Emma Eversham

With four gastropubs and four different restaurant brands, New Moon Co is building a diverse portfolio across the north. 

Barry Hirst on Open House and improving the pub industry

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Barry Hirst on Open House and improving the pub industry

By Joe Lutrario

The property developer turned restaurateur sold his four-strong pub business last year to concentrate on ambitious new-build projects in iconic London locations, of which the latest is the newly opened The Lighterman in King’s Cross.

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