Keep up to date with the latest openings, closures and property deals in the restaurant, pub and hotel sectors.

Leon will unveil its ninth restaurant before Christmas

Leon secures Soho flagship

By Mark Stretton

Leon has finally secured its flagship site in Soho’s Old Compton Street, signing a lease with The Soho Estate.

The Hansom Cab will eventually undergo a refurbishment

TV's Piers Morgan buys Kensington pub

By Becky Paskin

Britain’s Got Talent host Piers Morgan has bought the leasehold interest in his local pub, The Hansom Cab, in Kensington, and has employed former La Trompette chef Ollie Couillard.

The owners of Hoxton Hotel are  exploring a potential sale

International buyers eye London’s Hoxton Hotel

By Lorraine Heller

London’s Hoxton Hotel, which is exploring a potential sale, could attract interest from international investors keen to benefit from a week pound and strong tourism prospects, according to property agents Knight Frank.

Tim Bacon, co-founder of Living Ventures

Living Ventures launches new Manchester bar

By Martyn Leek

Living Ventures will this week launch new cocktail bar and restaurant The Alchemist at Manchester's Spinningfields business district, after a £500k investment.

6,000 pubs are expected to be sold off and closed by 2012

Around 6,000 pub closures on the way

Further closures are likely in the pub sector as we have only “hit the tip of the iceberg”, according to Christie & Co head of pubs and restaurants Neil Morgan, talking at the SIBA Conference.

GBK has signed a franchise deal for the Channel Islands

GBK to make debut in Jersey

By Martyn Leek

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), the fast-casual burger brand, is to make its debut on Jersey after signing a franchise deal with Channel Islands’ retail group Sandpiper

John Vincent has self-funded Flat Planet

Leon founder launches Flat Planet

By Martyn Leek

John Vincent, one of the founders of the healthy fast food chain Leon, is this morning launching his latest venture, Flat Planet, in London

Old Orleans in Ipswich has come to market

Three northern Regent Inns come to market

By Becky Paskin

A further three former Regent Inns sites in Ipswich and Middlesbrough have been put on the market by Christie & Co, following the group’s administration last October

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