The Real Greek

Fulham Shore to acquire Real Greek, to seek AIM listing

30 Sep 2014

Fulham Shore, the David Page-led investment vehicle has announced it has conditionally agreed to acquire Kefi Ltd, the owner of The Real Greek restaurant group, for £13.9m

Top Stories

Neill to chair Café Pistou venture

30 Sep 2014

Ian Neill, the former Wagamama chief executive, has taken the role of chairman of Café Pistou, the fledgling all-day Provencal brasserie concept

Franco Manca

Franco Manca secures central London double

30 Sep 2014

Franco Manca, the pizza chain led by David Page and Italian chef Giuseppe Mascoli, has secured two central London sites for openings next year

Lola Lo

Eclectic FY PBT up 10%

30 Sep 2014

Eclectic has reported a 10% rise in full-year pre-tax profit for the 52 weeks to 29 June, a year in which revenue on continuing operations climbed 11.7% to £23m

Jason Manford

Comedian Manford and Momo's Elphick form comedy club venture

30 Sep 2014

High profile comedian Jason Manford and David Elphick, the former managing director of comedy brand Jongleurs, have founded a new venture to operate comedy clubs across the UK, M&C Report has learnt

Food-to-go 'fails families and women'

30 Sep 2014

Food on the go concepts are failing to attract families and women, new research suggests

James Baer of Amber Taverns

Four more for Amber

30 Sep 2014

Amber Taverns, the fast-growing operator of wet-led community pubs, has continued its expansion with the addition of a further four sites, M&C Report has learnt

City Pub Co secures Covent Garden site

30 Sep 2014

City Pub Company, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)-funded group, has secured its sixth site in London, in Covent Garden

Wandsworth looks to protect pubs and curb fast food outlets

30 Sep 2014

Wandsworth Council in south London is proposing new powers to stop pubs being converted into shops while also restricting new openings of fast food outlets

Storytelling key to enticing diners in

30 Sep 2014 | By Melodie Michel

Complementing food pictures with stories about dishes and their provenance improves social media users’ perception of food and amplifies their emotions

Inside Track

Itsu

The king of convenience

30 Sep 2014 | By Stefan Chomka

When Julian Metcalfe launched Pret a Manger in 1986 he changed the way people lunched and built one of the UK’s most successful fast-casual food chains in the process. Now the legendary restaurateur hopes to emulate that success with the national – and international – rollout of Itsu

Street Kitchen

Talent spotting

29 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

Over the next 18 months the industry  is set to experience a sustained level of M&A activity, including a number of big ticket deals, but it is mining for “investment gold” at the other end of the business lifecycle that is increasingly moving to the top of the agenda for sector investors in the rush for the next big thing

Meet Generation Z: Your customers of tomorrow

26 Sep 2014

We’re entering a new era in marketing; the dawn of “Generation Z” – aged between 5 - 19 years old and considered by many to be the ‘holy grail’ of consumers, this market are your future customers

Mine’s a Pint (Shop)

25 Sep 2014

Richard Holmes, former ops manager at Leon and co-owner of Pint Shop in Cambridge talks expansion, staff training and inspiring concepts

Flaming Grill from Spirit

Deal of the decade?

23 Sep 2014 | By John Harrington

What lies behind Greene King’s approach for Spirit Pub Company, what complications does it bring and what does it tell us about the current state of the pub market? John Harrington speaks to the experts

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