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Friday Five: the week's top news

By Joe Lutrario

This week's most read news stories include a debut solo restaurant for ex-Pétrus head chef Larry Jayasekara, Tinie Tempah's fried chicken play and a new look and feel for PizzaExpress.

Pizza Express is hoping to pull in younger diners with a new range of pizza wraps

The Lowdown: PizzaExpress wraps

By Joe Lutrario

The venerable casual dining brand is hoping to pull in younger diners and office workers with a new range of pizza wraps.

The Lowdown on PizzaExpress debt, crunch talks with creditors, and future of its restaurants

The Lowdown: PizzaExpress

By James McAllister

Speculation has been growing around the future of PizzaExpress following recent reports that it is preparing for debt talks with creditors.

Pizza Express opens new restaurant Za

Latest opening: Za

By Joe Lutrario

PizzaExpress is out for a slice of the grab-and-go sector with the first major shake-up of its formula in decades.

PizzaExpress to launch Za

PizzaExpress to enter food to go sector

By James Wallin

PizzaExpress is to launch spin-off brand, ZA, next month with an all-dining offer centred around pizza slices, BigHospitality's sister website MCA has learnt.

Restaurant trends to watch in 2016

Restaurant trends to watch in 2016

By Sophie Witts

A boom in tech-driven delivery, rising staff wages and changes to tipping laws: BigHospitality predicts what's on the menu for the restaurant industry in 2016.

Steve Holmes, managing director of Ask Italian, talked to Restaurant magazine about the rollout of the concept's new restaurant branding, design and menu - photo credit John Carey

Ask Italian: Business Profile

By William Drew

The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Simon Blagden, managing director of Jamie's Italian and Best Individual 2011

Jamie’s Italian’s Blagden claims top award

By Mark Wingett

Simon Blagden, the man who has led the roll out of the Jamie’s Italian chain, has been singled out by his peers as the stand-out individual in the eating-out and drinking-out market.

The domed

Pizza Express rolls out Living Lab design

By Becky Paskin

Pizza Express is set to roll out the pioneering features from its Living Lab site in Richmond to the rest of its estate, starting with six “New Generation” restaurants penned to launch in the next two months.

The colour scheme, tables and chairs has been updated, making the venue feel light and bright

Pizza Express unveils radical restaurant template

By William Drew

Casual dining giant Pizza Express has unveiled its new restaurant design template in Richmond, featuring a central theatre-style kitchen, banquette-seat tables with their own parabolic roof domes, bespoke music and fresh furniture and tableware

Pizza Express's Leggera wine range is under 10% ABV

Pizza Express introduces low alcohol and low calorie wine range

By Emma Eversham

Pizza Express has added low calorie and low alcohol red and white wines to its Leggera range to appeal to customers watching their weight or alcohol intake and help fulfil its healthy eating commitment to the Food Standards Agency

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

Business profile: Steve Hill of Wagamama

By Paul Wootton

Other brands have tried and failed but Wagamama chief executive Steve Hill believes his cult noodle chain company has what it takes to succeed in the States

Restaurant Tip Row Continues

Restaurant Tip Row Continues

By Claire Miller

The issue of tip distribution is ever contentious, with more protests outside Pizza Express today over the controversial sacking of a vocal employee

Protest on the streets of London

Protest on the streets of London

By Alan Lodge

Restaurant and bar workers from across the UK will protest in central London later this week in support of a manager sacked by the Pizza Express restaurant chain. Nabil Guirguis was saked after joining in a trade union demonstration calling for...

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