Middle East

Latest opening: Abd El Wahab

Latest opening: Abd El Wahab

By Georgia Bronte

Lebanese restaurant brand Abd El Wahab has made its UK debut in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Coya to open second London restaurant

Coya to open second London restaurant

By Sophie Witts

Peruvian restaurant group and member's club Coya has announced plans to launch two new sites this year and a further three in 2017.

EasyHotel plans Ipswich hotel

EasyHotel plans Ipswich hotel

By Emma Eversham

'Super budget' hotel operator EasyHotel is planning to open a hotel in Ipswich after conditionally acquiring a former nightclub. 

The group is hoping to differentiate itself in a 'saturated' burger market

Meat & Shake eyes expansion after change in direction

By Mark Wingett

Meat & Shake, the London-based concept, is eyeing further expansion after securing three new sites and changing its model from burger-led to a more smokehouse-based format, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Allegra Foodservice.

Skyline Worldwide will open new serviced apartments in the City, the Docklands and Kensington this year as part of plans to double its London portfolio

Skyline Worldwide to double London portfolio in 2015

By Patrick McGuigan

Corporate serviced apartment provider Skyline Worldwide will open four new developments in London this month as part of a plan to double its portfolio in the capital during 2015.

Burger & Lobster is planning further expansion in London and internationally

Burger & Lobster eyes Canary Wharf opening

By Mark Wingett and Carina Perkins

Burger & Lobster, the London-based group, is in talks to open its seventh site in the capital in Canary Wharf, according to BigHospitality's sister title M&C Report.

Holiday visits to the UK hit a record in June

Overseas visits to the UK hit record in H1 2014

By Melodie Michel

Visits to the UK by overseas residents hit a record 16.4m between January and June 2014, up 8 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

This month Restaurant Magazine explores the rise of cuisines from Greece, the Levant and the Middle East

Restaurant Magazine: Mezze momentum

By Melodie Michel

Restaurateurs are banking on home-cooked authenticity to bring the variety of cuisines from Greece, the Levant and the rest of the Middle East to UK tables, writes Joe Lutrario in the June issue of Restaurant Magazine.

Earl Enterprises, the UK-based company set up by Robert Earl, plans to expand its Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppe and Earl of Sandwich brands

Planet Hollywood founder launches UK company to drive expansion

By Emma Eversham

Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl has created a company in the UK to drive expansion of the movie themed restaurant concept and increase the footprint of his Buca di Beppo Italian restaurants and Earl of Sandwich sandwich bars. 

YO! Sushi is due to hit the 50  UK stores mark this summer

YO! Sushi to reach 50 UK restaurants

By Mark Stretton

YO! Sushi, the conveyor-belt restaurant operator, will this summer reach the milestone of 50 UK restaurants after a trio of new launches

Marcello and Carlo di Stefano Photograph: Suzanne Mitchell

Business profile: San Carlo

By Paul Wootton

Food, atmosphere, hard work and passion have helped San Carlo become one of the most successful family-owned restaurant companies in the UK – and landed them a franchise deal with one of the Middle East’s richest companies

Triple launch for Ford in May

Triple launch for Ford in May

By Andy Lynes

Dominic Ford extends Butcher and Grill and Bincho Yakitori concepts and opens Food Inc food market in one month.

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