Diary: Giraffe, Five Guys & Giggling Squid

30 Jul 2014

This week’s Diary includes Russel and Juliette Joffe’s plans after stepping down from Giraffe, Five Guys’ anniversary, Alan Yau on the streets of London and Ed’s scaled-down concept

Top Stories


Sun explores options for Chicago Leisure

30 Jul 2014

Sun European Partners is exploring its options for Chicago Leisure following expressions of interest in the bar and nightclub operator that it backs, M&C Report has learnt


Bill’s set for Battersea

30 Jul 2014

Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed chain, has further strengthened its London presence, by securing a site in Battersea

Pret A Manger restaurant

Coffee shops boost high street spend

30 Jul 2014

Restaurants and cafes boost the ‘dwell time’ consumers spend in shopping centres by 88 minutes and increase average spend from £41.16 to £74.63, according to research published by the Government’s Future High Streets Forum

Meantime looking for "innovative retail opportunities"

30 Jul 2014

Meantime brewery is investing £1m on its Greenwich brewery to enhance tours as part of its plan to expand its retail offering, M&C Report has learnt

Sector is the fourth highest for liquidations

30 Jul 2014

The eating out and hotel sector had the fourth highest number of liquidations of any industry in the year to 31 March 2014, according to a new report from the Insolvency Service

Stephen Thomas venture secures ex-Luminar club

30 Jul 2014

Exeat, the newly formed nightclub group headed by Luminar founder Stephen Thomas that emerged from the pre-pack administration of his No Saints venture, has secured the site of a former Luminar nightclub in Birmingham, M&C Report has learnt

Soft drinks

Pubs 'should make soft drinks more visible'

30 Jul 2014

Almost two thirds (61%) of carbonated soft drink (CSD) consumers believe pubs, bars and restaurants should make such drinks more visible to consumers, says new research that suggests people are moving away from CSDs because of perceived high sugar levels

​CAU to make north west debut

30 Jul 2014

CAU, the casual dining restaurant concept, will make its debut in the north west, in Liverpool, in the first quarter of next year

Hallsworth and Adam to launch new late-night venture

30 Jul 2014

Former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth and nightclub entrepreneur Piers Adam are to launch a new late-night restaurant and cocktail bar

Inside Track


You got that vibe?

28 Jul 2014

Consumer expectations in terms of value have never been higher, a great deal in part to the high levels of offer and service currently in play across the sector, but what can mark out that experience even further?

Brighton pier

Brighton: buying some cool

25 Jul 2014 | By Jessica Mason

Brighton has gone from a grubby seaside town to gaining an exclusive status that’s almost on a par with London. Jessica Mason looks at what makes this city tick and how to make a business succeed

Craft Beer Co

Honing his craft

18 Jul 2014 | By John Harrington

Craft Beer Co has grown to be a leading player in the craft beer bar scene in recent years. Managing director Martin Hayes discusses the past, present and future of the company, and offers his take on craft beer in general

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Little brother comes of age

16 Jul 2014

Just over a year on from joining YO! Sushi, the group’s new CEO Vanessa Hall talks to Mark Wingett about the brand, its people and the opportunities ahead


Q2 trading update

15 Jul 2014

M&C Report talks to pub, bar and restaurant groups about trading in the second quarter of 2014, with reflections on the first six months of the calendar year. The consensus is that the strong first quarter had broadly continued in Q2, aided to some extent by the weather and sporting fixtures, and operators are largely optimistic about the year ahead

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