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£20m LA burger concept is all about kitchen speed

£20m LA burger concept is all about kitchen speed

A property development firm that is investing £20m to bring a Los Angeles ‘build-your-own-burger’ concept to the UK has just opened the first of what will be a chain of restaurants. Daniel Johns Group, which acquired the master franchise licence to open ‘The Counter’ restaurants throughout England and Scotland, has launched the first UK store

Baron equipment at The Professional Nursery Kitchen

New CPU bucks kitchen equipment trend to make £28k energy saving

A new CPU providing meals for the nursery food sector has launched this month and is bucking the trend in energy supply for its appliances. The Professional Nursery Kitchen has turned to predominately gas appliances over electrical equipment, in contrast to many commercial kitchens in today’s market. The CPU, which can produce 5,000 meals a

Shaftesbury Central Cross, Chinatown, CGI

£15m development to create restaurant hub in London’s Chinatown

A new £15m development is set to go ahead in London’s Chinatown which will see a 48,00 sq ft site containing double-height restaurant units. Shaftesbury, responsible for the development, is hoping the Central Cross scheme will attract restaurant brands looking for a West End flagship site. The restaurant element of Central Cross, with elevations to

Premier Inn Beefeater

BREAKING NEWS: Premier Inn to continue huge restaurant conversion project

Whitbread has reiterated its commitment to upscaling the restaurants that support its flagship Premier Inn hotel operation. Its joint site restaurants continue to play an important role in serving Premier Inn guests and delivering higher revpar and returns. Preliminary annual results published this morning reveal that its Restaurants business saw total sales increase 1.2% and

School meals

Staffordshire school doubles kitchen size as infants granted free meals

A school in Staffordshire has doubled the size of its kitchen and invested in new catering equipment as part of a £600,000 revamp. The improvements at Jackfield Infants’ School, in Burslem, are in response to a sudden increase in demand for school meals following a government decision to provide infants with free school meals. In

Franco Manca Clapham

Fulham Shore to open 15 new sites with £8.5m injection

Fulham Shore has indicated at plans to open 15 new restaurants across its brands in the next 12 months after agreeing increased funding from HSBC. The group hopes to increase its portfolio of restaurants to a total of 60 sties: 45 Franco Manca sites, 14 The Real Greek and one Bukowski Grill franchise, with the

Revolution Bar Group

Revolution Bars Group urged to show “financial discipline” as conditions toughen

Revolution Bars Group is going to need to show “financial discipline” to deal with the more difficult demand and cost environment lying ahead, analysts said today after the company revealed a strong set of half-year figures. Sales at the premium bar operator grew 13% to £67m, while EBITDA rose 14% to £9m, for the six

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Google takes radical new approach to staff dining

Gourmet micro kitchens and a cafe chain concept imported from Holland are among the catering facilities incorporated into Google’s UK headquarters in King’s Cross, it has emerged. The development of state-of-the-art foodservice facilities for staff has been two years in the making, following initial design work by Humble Arnold Associates and project delivery by C&C


Catering giant targets 10% lunchtime sales growth with first in-house food-to-go range

Compass Group UK & Ireland has launched its first bespoke chilled food to go range, ‘Chop Chop’, which includes sandwiches, salads, snack pots, paninis, toasties and fruit pots. The range was developed by Compass’ in-house food development and nutrition team in partnership with high profile chefs, as well as supplier Adelie. Currently being launched across