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Rude service restaurant Karen’s Diner to rollout across the UK

The Lowdown: Karen’s Diner

By Joe Lutrario

An Australia-founded restaurant group that prides itself on its foul-mouthed service is hoping to launch a string of sites across the UK.

Oren cookbook by Israeli chef Oded Oren

Book review: Oren

By Joe Lutrario

Israeli-born chef Oded Oren’s first cookbook contains definitive recipes for a number of Middle Eastern staples alongside more creative dishes.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include the sad death chef Alastair Little, Café Wolseley being 'forced to close' by its landlord, and Dmitri Magi being appointed culinary director at Claridge’s.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Emerald Hospitality Group's next venture, restaurant insolvencies jumping 64%, and the price of a McDonald’s cheeseburger increasing for the first time in 14 years.

What digital loyalty schemes are available for restaurant brands?

The Lowdown: Digital loyalty schemes

By Joe Lutrario

The likes of McDonald’s, Burger King, Pret a Manger and Tortilla have all unveiled new rewards schemes within weeks of each other. Why?

Heatwave brings mixed results for drinks sales on trade

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Heatwave brings mixed results for on trade

By James McAllister

Recent hot weather has delivered both boosts and challenges for the on trade, CGA by NielsenIQ’s Drinks Recovery Tracker shows.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include the unveiling of the new World's 50 Best Restaurants list, soaring temperatures forcing businesses to temporarily close, and Heinz entering the virtual restaurant market.

Burger King launches UK-wide loyalty programme Your Burger King app

Burger King launches UK-wide loyalty programme

By James McAllister

Burger King UK has launched a new UK-wide loyalty programme that it says will aim to drive increased customer engagement through personalised, digitally-led offers.

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Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Jeremy Clarkson finally opening his Diddly Squat farm restaurant, Scott’s heading to Richmond, and Le Cochon Aveugle announcing its permanent closure.

Restaurant spending falls but takeaways fare better

Restaurant spending falls but takeaways fare better

By BigHospitality

Spending in restaurants was down 3.3% in June compared to the same period in 2021, but the category saw a small month-on-month uplift of 0.8%, according to new data from Barclaycard.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Brewdog's plans to launch the UK's largest pub, St John opening in London's Marylebone, and Tony Parkin announcing he's to leave The Tudor Room.

Pub numbers plunge to record low with 7,000 closed in 10 years

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Pub numbers plunge to record low

By James McAllister

The number of English and Welsh pubs fell below 40,000 for the first time during the first half of 2022, research by the real estate adviser Altus Group reveals.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Ukrainian chef Yurii Kovryzhenko's plans to open a London restaurant, warnings of a 'critical situation' in hospitality, and a battle for control of Comptoir.

Disabled being denied full access to hospitality

Disabled people being denied full access to hospitality

By Georgi Gyton

Disabled people are being denied some of the pleasures of eating and drinking out because of inaccessible or difficult to navigate venues and websites and poor customer service, a new report by the Business Disability Forum has found.

Trading in city centres bounces back CGA

Trading in city centres bounces back

By Shwetali Sapte

Out-of-home food and drink sales grew in all 10 of the country’s biggest city centres over the four weeks to 4 June, new research from CGA and Wireless Social reveals.

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 Paul Ainsworth and Tommy Banks launching an employee exchange programme, rail strikes, and Honest Burgers ditching V Honest after just six months.

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