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Roadchef in £900m takeover deal

Roadchef in £900m takeover deal

By BigHospitality

Roadchef is set to be acquired in a £900m takeover by Australian financial services group Macquarie.

Wendy’s outlines UK plans for 2022

Wendy’s sets out 2022 UK expansion plans

By Finn Scott-Delany

Wendy’s chief executive Todd Penegor has told analysts the company is 'very pleased' with its launch in the UK as he set out the group's UK expansion plans for 2022.

Deliveroo opens debut restaurant  neighbourhood pizzeria in Swiss Cottage, London, called Pizza Paradiso

Deliveroo opens debut restaurant

By James McAllister

Deliveroo has opened its own restaurant, a neighbourhood pizzeria in Swiss Cottage, London, called Pizza Paradiso.

Tortilla Mexican burrito restaurant to launch in universities

Tortilla to become major player in on-campus dining

By Joe Lutrario

Tortilla is set to become a major player in university catering after striking a deal with the Compass Group UK & Ireland-owned Chartwells Universities to open restaurants on up to 14 campuses over the next five years.

Potyo coastal Indian restaurant Cheshire Jason and Milena Almeida

Latest opening: Potyo

By Stefan Chomka

A duo with extensive casual dining industry experience have opened a coastal Indian restaurant in the Cheshire town of Wilmslow.

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

How I Got Here: Roland Horne

By James McAllister

The CEO and founder of coffee chain WatchHouse on his career, motivations, and why there needs to be an open and honest conversation about the economics of hospitality.

Latest opening: Ajia Busaba ‘immersive, speakeasy-esque’ bar izakaya

Latest opening: Ajia

By James McAllister

Busaba has launched an ‘immersive, speakeasy-esque’ bar in the basement of its new Oxford restaurant, suggesting a possible fresh direction for the Thai restaurant group.

Wagamama launches lunchtime delivery concept BOX

Wagamama launches lunchtime delivery concept

By James McAllister

Wagamama has launched a new lunchtime delivery concept called BOX across London and Leeds that's designed for both people who have returned to the office and those working from home.

SSP reports group revenues at 62% of 2019 levels

SSP reports group revenues at 62% of 2019 levels

By BigHospitality

Food and drink travel hub business SSP says that its group revenues were at around 62% of 2019 levels for the four-month period to 30 January 2022, as the impact of Covid on the travel sector continued to bite.

How I Got Here with Kelly Barnes owner of Krispies in Exmouth chairperson at this year’s Women in Fish and Chips conference in Birmingham

How I Got Here: Kelly Barnes

By James McAllister

The owner of Krispies in Exmouth, who has been named chairperson at this year’s Women in Fish and Chips conference in Birmingham, on building her business, VAT and staffing struggles.

Sustainability-focused chicken restaurant Marsha to double up with new Soho site

Marsha to double up with new Soho site

By James McAllister

Sustainability-focused chicken brand Marsha is to launch a second London restaurant next month having secured a site at Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court in Soho.

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