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

Creativevents also operates four waterfront bars at ExCel

Food group expands at ExCel London as Olympics approach

By Lorraine Heller

The food and drink firm Creativevents has added a new ‘healthy’ café to its catering facilities at the ExCel London convention centre, as part of its investment strategy leading up to the Olympic Games

A luxury hotel at Harrods is one idea of many being considered

Plans for luxury hotel above Harrods

By Lorraine Heller

Qatar Holdings, which acquired the London department store Harrods earlier this year, is considering plans to open a luxury hotel on the upper levels of the store.

Jamie's Italian now operates across 15 restaurants

Jamie's Italian heads for Portsmouth

By Mark Stretton

Jamie’s Italian, the fast-growing casual dining chain spearheaded by Jamie Oliver, has secured its latest site – at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays waterside retail and leisure development

A Walkabout branch is one of three former Regent Inns sites to go

Three Regent Inn sites to be sold

By Lorraine Heller

Three more former Regent Inns sites are coming onto the market, a year after the operator went into administration

Dinner will open at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at the end of January

Blumenthal’s Dinner delayed until January

By Becky Paskin

The opening of Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, has been delayed until the end of January next year

Smaller businesses are most likely to struggle

6,300 bars, pubs and restaurants to close by 2015

By Martyn Leek

Two new studies released today have claimed that 6,300 pubs, bars and restaurants will fail by 2015 and that some 6,685 companies in the leisure sector are currently struggling with “significant or critical” financial problems of £57.5bn

Yalla Yalla will open a second site behind Oxford Circus

Yalla Yalla to open second site at Oxford Circus

By Lorraine Heller

The popular Lebanese restaurant Yalla Yalla is to open a second site just off Market Place by London’s Oxford Circus, after signing a £90K per annum lease for the next ten years

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