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How I Got Here: Liz Down co-founder of Black Bear Burger

How I Got Here: Liz Down

By James McAllister

The co-founder of Black Bear Burger, which is about to launch its second sit down restaurant on Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, on how she and her husband built their business.

Latest opening Palazzo Italian bar and diner in Crystal Palace

Latest opening: Palazzo

By James McAllister

The team behind London-based Neapolitan pizza group Made of Dough have launched an Italian bar and diner in Crystal Palace.

Credit: Aubrie Pick

Flash-grilled: Kris Yenbamroong

By James McAllister

The LA-based chef behind Night + Market, who is overseeing the menu for Chet’s that has just launched at Rondo La Cave in London's Holborn, tell us about his career.

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 Dishoom heading to Canary Wharf, David Thompson bringing Long Chim to Chinatown, and McDonald's permanently exiting the Russian market.

Latest opening: Chicken Shop rebrand of CHIK’N Notting Hill Soho House Group John Nelson fried chicken fast food QSR expansion

Latest opening: Chicken Shop

By James McAllister

CHIK’N, the fast-casual spinoff of Chick 'n' Sours, has rebranded as Chicken Shop under a partnership with Soho House Group, and launched its first new site in London’s Notting Hill.

Hospitality braces for weaker consumer demand inflation

Hospitality braces for weaker consumer demand

By James McAllister

Falling consumer confidence and slowing demand growth has started to weigh on output across the hospitality and tourism sector, according to the first Lloyds Bank UK Sector Tracker.

Delivery growth eases in 2022

Delivery growth eases in 2022

By James McAllister

Delivery sales have plateaued in 2022 as Covid restrictions eased and consumer confidence about eating-out improved, the latest edition of the CGA & Slerp Hospitality at Home Tracker shows.

Giacomo Recchia senior sommelier at Bob Bob Ricard City

Uncorked: Giacomo Recchia

By Joe Lutrario

The Puglia-born senior sommelier at Bob Bob Ricard City on catching the wine bug in Languedoc-Roussillon, Domaine Daniel-Etienne Defaix and presiding over one of the best value wine lists in the capital.

Provisions to relaunch wine bar at original Holloway Road site

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Provisions to relaunch wine bar

By James McAllister

North London-based natural wine specialist and deli Provisions is to relaunch its wine bar concept later this month at its original Holloway Road site.

How I Got Here: Jamie Barber restaurateur and founder of the London-based Hush Collection

How I Got Here: Jamie Barber

By James McAllister

The restaurateur and founder of the London-based Hush Collection, which operates the Haché and Cabana brands, on the importance of location, challenging industry perceptions and gatecrashing Kylie Minogue's birthday party.

Vagabond Wine to open first airport site at Heathrow’s Terminal 5

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Vagabond to open first airport site

By James McAllister

Pour-your-own wine bar group Vagabond is set to launch its first airport site this week at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as part of a £1.2m investment.

Hospitality job moves May

People on the move: May

By Joe Lutrario

This month's job news includes a new head chef for the Louisiana-inspired Plaquemine Lock and a big promotion for Tom Kerridge Group's Matthew O’Connor.

Former Nahm chef David Thompson to launch Long Chim in Chinatown London

David Thompson to launch Long Chim in Chinatown

By James McAllister

Former Nahm chef David Thompson has secured a site in London's Chinatown for his Long Chim casual Thai restaurant, which is expected to launch later this year.

Flash-grilled: Sean Garrett head chef at The Pig & Butcher pub in Islington

Flash-grilled: Sean Garrett

By James McAllister

The head chef at The Pig & Butcher pub in Islington on where to get the best chicken wings in west London, and a dangerous scuba diving escapade in Mexico.

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 Government making pavement licenses permanent, data showing hospitality employees working longer hours, and Shaftesbury and Capco's plans to merge.

Thamara Mbomyo wine and spirits sommelier at Latin American restaurant Paladar

Uncorked: Thamara Mbomyo

By Joe Lutrario

The wine and spirits sommelier at Southwark Latin American restaurant Paladar on the importance of temperature and showcasing the diversity of Latin American wines and spirits.

Hospitality spending rises despite falling confidence

Hospitality spending rises despite falling confidence

By Shwetali Sapte

Consumer confidence fell for the third consecutive quarter in Q1 2022, but the percentage of consumers spending more on restaurants rose by nine points quarter-on-quarter, according to data from Deloitte.

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