Searcys restaurant

Westbury Street Holdings buys Searcys

01 Aug 2014

Searcys, the upmarket restaurant and bar operator and caterer, has been sold to Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the hospitality and catering company that owns Benugo, in its entirety for an undisclosed sum

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Little Chef

Kout in Subway tie-in

01 Aug 2014

Kout Food Group (KFG) is believed to have signed a deal with Subway, which will see the sandwich brand open up a number of units at roadside locations next to or inside Little Chefs

Itsu

Itsu sees turnover reach £60m mark

01 Aug 2014

Itsu, which will open its 50 small format store tomorrow in Richmond, has said it turned over £60m and made profits of £6m EBITA in the last year

David Bruce

West Berks Brewery eyes £5m EIS

01 Aug 2014

West Berkshire Brewery, the brewery chaired by industry veteran David Bruce, is to launch a new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fundraising drive to raise £5m to relocate to a bigger production site, M&C Report has learnt

Frizzenti to rollout wine bars

01 Aug 2014

Prosecco and sparkling wine supplier Frizzenti is to open a series of permanent and semi-permanent wine bars, with plans to open 10 within 12 months of an initial launch in October, M&C Report has learnt

Ping Pong

Ping Pong appoints new head of operations

01 Aug 2014

Ping Pong has appointed Mike Pearson, formerly of Genting Casinos and InterContinental Hotels, as its new head of operations

BYOC

​BYOC up to three, targets expansion

01 Aug 2014

BYOC, operator of the eponymous cocktail bar concept where customers bring their own alcohol, is to open its third site in Camden, north London, by mid-September as it targets four openings over the next year or so, M&C Report has learnt

Rola Wala eyes first permanent site

01 Aug 2014

Rola Wala, the Indian street food operator, is understood to be set to open its first permanent site in Leeds

Roka taps into quick dining market

01 Aug 2014

Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, is entering the casual dining market with a new concept called Shochu Kanteen housed in the basement of its Charlotte Street restaurant

Stephen Goodyear of Young's

Pay rises for Young's directors as bonus package doubles

01 Aug 2014

Senior directors of Young’s, the London-based pub operator, saw substantial uplifts in their remuneration packages in 2013/2014 after total bonuses paid almost doubled from £506,323 to just over £1m

Inside Track

Burger and lobster

New world order

31 Jul 2014 | By Stefan Chomka

Forget the recent influx of US restaurant brands planting their flags on UK soil – the Brits are leading a global invasion all of their own

STK

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

YO! Sushi logo

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

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