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Ponti's operates 17 sites in and around London

Covent Garden to sign new operator as Ponti's walks

By Mark Stretton

The owners of London’s Covent Garden are looking to sign a new restaurant operator in the north range of the central market area, after incumbent Ponti’s surrendered its lease.

The duo intend to expand the Franco Manca brand

Former Clapham House boss in new venture

By Mark Stretton

David Page, the restaurant industry veteran and former chief executive of Pizza Express, has teamed up with Giuseppe Mascoli, the Italian chef behind the fledgling Franco Manca pizza chain.

Alyn Williams will create his own venture in London's Westbury hotel

Alyn Williams leaves Marcus Wareing for own venture

By Lorraine Heller

Alyn Williams, who has made his name holding top chef positions with Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay, will now be branching off on his own in a new restaurant in London’s Westbury Hotel.

Jaswa Samosa has plans for three more sites in the next six months

Samosa café opens first site in Reading

By Lorraine Heller

An Indian couple have opened their first Samosa café in Reading, with the aim of bringing ‘authentic’ Indian street food to UK consumers throughout the day.

Premier Inn will open in Leicester Square ahead of the London Olympics

Leicester Square Premier Inn to open by 2012

By Lorraine Heller

A new Premier Inn is to be opened in Leicester Square, after planning permission was granted to convert an office space back to its original use as a hotel.

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