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Business Profile: Bone Daddies

Business Profile: Bone Daddies

By Mel Flaherty

With a third Bone Daddies imminent and his Flesh & Buns and Shackfuyu concepts flying, Ross Shonhan is ramping up the ramen. And he’s not stopping there.

Business Profile: Ibérica

Business Profile: Ibérica

By Mel Flaherty

An unwillingness to compromise on the quality of its ingredients and the authenticity of its cooking has seen premium Spanish restaurant group Ibèrica make the transition from the capital to the regions with a successful new restaurant launch in Manchester.

Business Profile: Leon

Business Profile: Leon

By Joe Lutrario

One of the UK’s most influential restaurant chains is finally gearing up for serious growth and intends to build a healthy presence outside its London heartland within the next few years.

Business Profile: PizzaExpress

Business Profile: PizzaExpress

By Mark Wingett

Two years into his role as chief executive of PizzaExpress, Richard Hodgson is excited about the brand's future both in the UK and internationally. 

Tony Kitous' strategy is based on making Lebanese food more accessible and less 'ethnic'

Business Profile: Comptoir Libanais

By Joe Lutrario

Tony Kitous is on a mission to bring Lebanese food to the high street and believes that the shawarma has what it takes to one day oust the burrito and the burger. 

Development duo: Jonathan Swaine and Paul Dickinson have created a wide food range

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Business Profile: Fuller's

By Joe Lutrario

Brewer and pub operator Fuller's has successfully delivered its vision of a food-led future and its premium positioning and careful expansion policy is paying dividends.

Franco Manca shook up the pizza market when it launched in 2008

Business Profile: Franco Manca

By Stefan Chomka

Franco Manca shook up the pizza market when it launched in 2008, and it’s not finished yet, says its protagonists Giuseppe Mascoli and David Page.

Jonathan Segal, founder and chief executive of The ONE Group

Business Profile: The One Group

By Stefan Chomka

With plans to roll out its female-friendly STK steakhouse in the UK, as well as its new sister STK Rebel brand, Jonathan Segal’s The One Group is eyeing a meaty chunk of the steak market

UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan

Business profile: Five Guys

By Mark Wingett

A year or so on from landing on British soil, US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan discuss the past 12 months and the group’s future.

Business Profile: Loch Fyne

By Carina Perkins

Liz Williams, director and general manager of the UK’s biggest seafood restaurant group Loch Fyne, talks discounting, the competition and chasing the grey pound.

Yo! Sushi chief executive Vanessa Hall

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

By Mark Wingett

Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Kerbisher & Malt founders Saul Reuben and Nick Crossely

Business Profile: Kerbisher & Malt

By Joe Lutrario

New wave fish and chip group Kerbisher & Malt has tweaked the standard chippy formula to bring affordable, quality fish and chips to West London – and it’s now starting to cast its net further afield 

CAU operations director Graham Hall, who joined the business in May last year.

Business Profile: CAU

By Joe Lutrario

Gaucho’s more accessible little brother CAU has carefully refined its premium casual offering and is now beefing-up its presence in the south of England with northern expansion planned for next year 

Bath Ales managing director Robin Couling, who joined the company in 2008 and masterminded the Graze launch

Business Profile: Bath Ales

By Stefan Chomka

From its chop-house brand Graze and charcuterie bar Gordito to craft beer and pizza bar Beerd – not to mention its brewing business – Bath Ales is going places, as managing director Robin Couling explains.

Artem Sagiryan, interim CEO of Ping Pong

Business Profile: Ping Pong

By Joe Lutrario

Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to the masses.

Core principles: Richard and Nikki Cooper are enjoying the fruits of their labour

Business Profile: The Stable

By Joe Lutrario

A Dorset-born British pizza and cider brand has its sights on the capital – and to fill the gap left by Union Jacks’ departure. Founder Nikki Cooper spills the tomato sauce.

Pizza Hut chief executive Jens Hofma, who has been with the company since 2009. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

By Joe Lutrario

One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Joint Bill's managing directors Scott Macdonald and Roberto Moretti. Photos: John Carey

Business Profile: Bill's

By Joe Lutrario

With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.

Will Beckett (left) and Huw Gott of Hawksmoor

Business Profile: Hawksmoor

By Stefan Chomka

Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott's unconventional approach has resulted in one of the industry's big success stories - but things weren't always so rosy. 

Phil Sermon, UK managing director at Vapiano, which only takes very large sites. Photos: John Carey

Business Profile: Vapiano

By Joe Lutrario

Despite a slow start on these shores, German-owned restaurant group Vapiano aims to become a key player in the UK's hugely competitive pizza-pasta market.

Goodman directors George Bukhov (left) and David Strauss outside Burger & Lobster. Photo: Rob Lawson.

Business Profile: Goodman Restaurants

By Stefan Chomka

Goodman Restaurants broke the mould with the launch of Burger & Lobster in 2011, but there’s plenty more unconventional concepts still in the pipeline, as directors George Bukhov and David Strauss reveal.

La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround of the Spanish casual-dining chain. Photo: Mat Quake

Business Profile: La Tasca

By Mel Flaherty

Having shed a number of under-performing sites, La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround at the Spanish casual-dining chain.

Patty in his hands: Alasdair Murdoch is confident about the bun fight ahead. Photo: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Gourmet Burger Kitchen

By Joe Lutrario

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has grown to become the UK’s biggest premium patty purveyor, but a host of new players are threatening to shake up the market. 

Morgan Davies, co-founder of Barburrito, believes his business is in a strong position to take London by storm. Photographs: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Barburrito

By Stefan Chomka

After starting the UK burrito boom up north, Barburrito co-founder Morgan Davies is targeting London. He told Restaurant magazine's Stefan Chomka why he believes he’s in a strong position to take it by storm.

Dong Hyun Kim, the man behind Wasabi and Kimchee

Business Profile: Kimchee

By Joe Lutrario

After the phenomenal success of Holborn’s Kimchee restaurant, Wasabi owner Dong Hyun Kim is bringing Korean food to the masses with an A1 Kimchee To Go format. 

Peter Borg-Neal who remains the driving force behind Oakman Inns & Restaurants

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Business Profile: Oakman Inns & Restaurants

By William Drew

Peter Borg-Neal’s entrepreneurial spirit ensures Oakman Inns & Restaurants never stands still – not least in challenging pub-sector norms

Brindisa founder Monika Linton with finance director Ratnesh Bagdai. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Brindisa

By Joe Lutrario

Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group. 

Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Wahaca

By Stefan Chomka

Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

Steve Holmes, managing director of Ask Italian, talked to Restaurant magazine about the rollout of the concept's new restaurant branding, design and menu - photo credit John Carey

Ask Italian: Business Profile

By William Drew

The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Ed's Easy Diner's US diner look

Business Profile: Ed's Easy Diner

By Joe Lutrario

Now 25 years old, Ed’s Easy Diner has never looked better, with strong like-for-likes and a shopping centre-focused expansion plan that is set to take it into the big league.

Eren Ali, founder of Las Iguanas. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Las Iguanas

By Joe Lutrario

Back in 1991 Eren Ali bought a failed Italian restaurant on a Bristol back street. Two decades later, Las Iguanas is the biggest player in the South American space. 

Shamil Thakrar. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Dishoom

By William Drew

With a second instalment of its take on India’s traditional café-restaurants about to open, Dishoom is successfully carving its own niche in the UK’s all-day dining space.

Niall Howard, chief executive of Hakkasan. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: Hakkasan

By Stefan Chomka

With forthcoming international openings Hakkasan is poised to become one of the biggest high-end restaurant groups in the world. Yet it’s London where the real excitement is going to be, as chief executive Niall Howard explains. 

Jacob Sumner is on a mission to prove that fast food isn't necessarily bad food. Photo: John Carey

Business Profile: Chipotle

By William Drew

Jacob Sumner, responsible for US burrito chain Chipotle's expansion into and across the UK, talks about the business and its mission to show UK consumers that fast food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad food.

Tim Bacon of Living Ventures

Business Profile: Living Ventures

By Stefan Chomka

Having ignored most industry rules, Living Ventures co-founder Tim Bacon finds himself running one of the most dynamic food and drink operations in the country.

Will Ricker at La Bodega Negra. Photo: Mat Quake/Substance Photography

Business profile: Will Ricker

By Stefan Chomka

The opening of his Mexican restaurant, La Bodega Negra, marked a change in focus for Will Ricker, and there are more surprises to come from the pan-Asian supremo.

Tom and Ed Martin of ETM Group. Photo: Rob Lawson

Business Profile: ETM Group

By Joe Lutrario

Attention to detail and a moulding of the product to suit specific markets has seen ETM Group become arguably London’s most successful pub-restaurant outfit.

Canteen's Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone

Business Profile: Canteen

By Joe Lutrario

Canteen’s blend of British-centric democratic dining has won it plenty of devotees, but has it got what it takes to expand in a rapidly changing marketplace?

Simon Blagden, managing director of Jamie's Italian

Business Profile: Jamie's Italian

By William Drew

Restaurant magazine editor William Drew talks to Jamie's Italian managing director Simon Blagden about the chain's ongoing success.

Lee Cash and Hamish Stoddart of Peach Pub Company

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Business Profile: Peach Pub Company

By Joe Lutrario

Nick Clegg's vision of a 'John Lewis economy' has caused much discussion of employee ownership in the wider media. It stands to reason that those with a stake in the business will put more in, and in the hospitality sector, where a venue...

Malcolm John

Business Profile: Malcolm John

By Joe Lutrario

Chef-turned-restaurateur Malcolm John is one of the few independent group operators to mine the capital's outer reaches successfully.

Le Bistrot Pierre co-founders Robert Beacham and John Whitehead

Business Profile: Le Bistrot Pierre

By William Drew

Two childhood friends opened their first restaurant on a whim. Seventeen years on, Le Bistrot Pierre provides timely lessons in delivering value in the middle market.

Arjun Waney at his home in Knightsbridge

Business Profile: Arjun Waney

By Stefan Chomka

The relaunch of The Arts Club is just one of a long line of new openings for successful restaurateur Arjun Waney, as he explains in this exclusive interview with Restaurant magazine.

Robert Cook. Photo: Mike Poloway

Business Profile: MWB's Robert Cook

By William Drew

As chief executive of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin business, Robert Cook has embarked on a voyage of discovery into the standalone restaurant sector: Is he steering a successful course?

Geoff Leong, executive director of Restaurant Management UK

Business Profile: Restaurant Management UK

By Joe Lutrario

Geoff Leong's London outfit is one of the few to rethink the Anglo-Chinese restaurant formula with its authentic and varied takes on Asian cooking.

Stefano Ispani, managing director of Ponti's

Business Profile: Ponti's

By Stefan Chomka

How does a relatively unheralded Italian chain go head-to-head with the big boys? Ponti's managing director Stefano Ispani says the answer lies in the country's regional cooking.

L-R HR director Tracey Smith, chief executive Zeev Godik and operations director Martin Williams

Business Profile: Gaucho

By William Drew

By combining high-value product with high-octane style, Gaucho Group has hit on a lucrative formula. But how does it maintain its appeal and values across a growing chain?

Stephen and Juliette Wall, founders of Vietnamese restaurant chain, Pho

Business Profile: Pho

By Joe Lutrario

Stephen and Juliette Wall’s Vietnamese restaurant concept Pho is on the expansion trail.

Helen Jones, managing director of Zizzi

Business Profile: Zizzi

By Joe Lutrario

Zizzi has responded to new entrants in the Italian dining sector with a complete overhaul designed to pull in younger diners and bring the brand back up to date

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