Fast Casual Restaurant

Chris Webb Coco di Mama

How I got here: Chris Webb, Coco di Mama

By Joe Lutrario

Born in New Zealand, Chris Webb is head of operations at fast casual pasta brand Coco di Mama, which is now operated by ASK and Zizzi owner Azzurri Group.

Mayfair agrees YO! Sushi deal; CEO to step down

Mayfair agrees YO! Sushi deal; CEO to step down

By Mark Wingett

Mayfair Equity Partners has confirmed it has acquired the controlling interest of YO! Sushi from Quilvest Private Equity in a deal valuing the 91­-strong business at £81m.

Bold colours, mis-matching furniture and storytelling are key design trends for 2014

Design: Restaurant design trends for 2014

By Carina Perkins

In the first part of our special feature, we look at how restaurant design is finally moving away from American-inspired industrial chic and reflect on the next big trends for 2014.

Giraffe restaurants are now set to spring up within or nearby some of Tesco’s larger UK stores

Tesco acquires Giraffe restaurants

By Luke Nicholls

Supermarket giant Tesco has today announced that it has bought a 100 per cent stake in the 48-strong family restaurant chain Giraffe in a deal worth £48.6m.

Small fast-casual restaurant groups like Gail's are attracting investor interest

Investor interest in fast-casual restaurant chains set to soar

By Stefan Chomka

A fresh round of investment is expected in the hospitality industry over the next 12 months, in particular in small-to-medium fast casual restaurant chains, with private equity companies and investors acknowledging the sector’s growth potential.