Frankie & Benny's night shot

French: TRG and M&B should merge

18 Sep 2014

Leading analyst Simon French has proposed the merger of The Restaurant Group Plc (TRG) with Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) to create the UK’s pre-eminent eating and drinking out group sayingTRG has earned the opportunity at creating something bigger

Top Stories

Southampton confirms late-night levy

18 Sep 2014 | By Ellie Bothwell

Southampton City Council is the seventh local authority to rubber-stamp proposals for a late-night levy

Parliament

Government to back toughening of licence reviews

18 Sep 2014

The Government is set to advise councils to include data such as A&E admissions and complaints about sleep deprivation or light pollution as evidence in licence reviews, M&C Report’s sister title the Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands

Walkabout waitress

Pub recruitment grows sharply

18 Sep 2014 | By James Wallin

Pubs dominated the growth in hospitality recruitment in the last quarter with a 50% hike, according to a new report

ASK and Zizzi auction 'could reach £200m'

18 Sep 2014

Private equity firm Cinven is looking to raise up to £200m from the sale of Gondola Group restaurant brands ASK Italian and Zizzi, according to The Times

Marston's Pedigree

Jack moves Marston's from Buy to Add

18 Sep 2014

Leading analyst Douglas Jack had moved Marston’s from Buy to Add and cut his forecast for the group, saying that he expects trading to have slowed in Q4 due to “tougher comps and unhelpful weather in late August”.

C&C Group 'a buying opportunity'

18 Sep 2014

Leading analyst Ian Hunter has initiated his coverage of Magners producer C&C Group with a Buy recommendation, citing its opportunities in the US, the “efficient” business in its core markets, and a strong balance sheet

William Robinson of Robinsons Brewery

Robinsons revamps pub design structure

18 Sep 2014

Robinsons has instigated a new approach to its pub designs, leading to what it sees as the best examples of pub designs outside of London, M&C Report has learnt

Wagamama restaurant

Reviewers share more good than bad experiences

18 Sep 2014

More people leave positive reviews than negative ones according to Trip Advisor, which found that 65% of the restaurants listed on its site have been given three and half or more out of five by diners

The Life Goddess

Life Goddess set to expand

18 Sep 2014

The Life Goddess, the Greek deli and restaurant group, is looking to open a third site in London next year and plans to expand nationwide, M&C Report has learnt

Inside Track

Five Guys Bluewater

I’ll have five on it

18 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

It’s little more than a year since it arrived in the UK, but US burger phenomenon Five Guys is on the cusp of becoming a national player. Mark Wingett talks to UK managing director John Eckbert and director of operations Marcel Khan about the past year, expansion plans and the paradox at the heart of its success

Meatliquor

​​Risking it regionally

15 Sep 2014 | By Mark Wingett

The race for operators to spread out of London and the south-east is well and truly on. Does that run the risk of regional property bubbles being formed during the next 12 to 18 months?

Chop'd

Proper food that’s going places

12 Sep 2014

Chop’d was founded in 2004 on the principles of offering busy people the choice of healthy food on the go. Ten years and nine stores later, Ruth Williams finds co-founder and chief executive Eddie Holmes is preparing to roll-out three formats of the store that embody those principles

Simon Mullins of Salt Yard

The enlightened restaurateur

12 Sep 2014 | By Mel Flaherty

Simon Mullins is not only passionate about food and drink, he also has a passion for the people who work for him. The Salt Yard Group boss opens up to Mel Flaherty

Tim Martin of JD Wetherspoon

Martin hits out at corporate governance

12 Sep 2014

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has criticised bad paractice in corporate governance in an article alongside the company’s full-year results announcement

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