Business Profile

Business Profile: Brasserie Blanc

Business Profile: Brasserie Blanc

By Stefan Chomka

Five years ago French chain Brasserie Blanc was a brand in stasis. But a revamp of the entire estate and a move into the pub sector means it has rediscovered its je ne sais quoi.

Business Profile: San Carlo

Business Profile: San Carlo

By Stefan Chomka

Family-run Italian restaurant group San Carlo is switching focus away from its northern heartland to expand across the capital.

Business Profile: Coco di Mama

Business Profile: Coco di Mama

By Mark Wingett

Under its parent company the Azzurri Group, grab-and-go Italian restaurant brand Coco di Mama is bringing its faster pasta to the masses.

Business Profile: Pizza Pilgrims

Business Profile: Pizza Pilgrims

By Stefan Chomka

Brothers James and Thom Elliot have created a fun-loving restaurant business where the vibes are as important as the food. And the Pizza Pilgrims party has only just begun. 

Business Profile: Flat Iron

Business Profile: Flat Iron

By Mel Flaherty

Charlie Carroll has turned the traditional steakhouse model on its head with Flat Iron, his affordable steak restaurant brand. And the secret’s in the name

Business Profile: Benugo

Business Profile: Benugo

By Stefan Chomka

Ben Warner was on holiday in South Africa when the fallout from his company’s plans to take over a family-run café on Hampstead Heath began. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Business Profile: Camino

Business Profile: Camino

By Joe Lutrario

Former commodities trader Richard Bigg swapped platinum and cooper for jamon Iberico and palo cortado to create Camino, a fun-loving Spanish group that blurs the lines between restaurant and bar.

Business Profile: The Breakfast Club

Business Profile: The Breakfast Club

By Mark Wingett

All-day café chain The Breakfast Club might have an obsession with the ’80s but it’s very much a restaurant brand of the moment

Business Profile: Rossopomodoro

Business Profile: Rossopomodoro

By Joe Lutrario

After an underwhelming start in the UK, in the hands of Handley Amos, Neapolitan pizza chain Rossopomodoro has begun to expand steadily thanks to a menu overhaul and a forward-thinking link-up with John Lewis.

Business Profile: Jamie's Italian

Business Profile: Jamie's Italian

By Mark Wingett

Jamie’s Italian outpaced the branded competition during the downturn. But can one of Britain’s most successful casual dining brands maintain pole position at home as it continues to build its presence overseas?

Byron founder Tom Byng

Business Profile: Byron

By Mark Wingett

Two years on from its change in ownership and with a ‘full deck’ of 52 sites, Byron is pushing on to the next stage of growth under its founder Tom Byng.

Barbecue boys: Scott Munro (l) and James Douglas

Business Profile: Red's True Barbecue

By Stefan Chomka

With their hot sauces in retail, a cookbook under their belts and a sixth site about to launch, Red’s True Barbecue’s James Douglas and Scott Munro are fired up for further growth.