Pret A Manger

Cote has rapidly expanded to 45 UK sites since its launch in 2007

Cote Restaurants acquired by CBPE

By Luke Nicholls

Cote Restaurants, the 45-strong French bistro chain founded by Andy Bassadone and Chris Benians, has been acquired by private equity firm CBPE Capital in a deal reportedly worth £100m. 

Mooli's owner Iqbal Wahhab says the brand has the potential to be an Indian Pret A Manager

Iqbal Wahhab: 'I see Mooli's as the Indian Pret A Manger'

By Emma Eversham

Restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab has outlined plans to grow Mooli’s, the Indian street food concept he acquired earlier this year, into a multi-site brand with the ambition of it becoming an ‘Indian Pret A Manger’.

Pret A Manger considering a buyout

Pret A Manger considering a buyout

By BigHospitality Writer

Pret A Manger sandwich chain is thought to be considering a buyout, instead of the formerly mooted floatation, after unsolicited approaches by several equity firms. The company, which was set up by Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham in 1986 and now...