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New owner and fresh investment for authentic pizza chain

New owner and fresh investment for authentic pizza chain

Pizza chain Rossopomodoro could be about to take a bigger slice of the market after the group it is part of was sold to private equity firm OpCapita. Rossopomodoro belongs to Sebeto Group, a leading operator of casual dining restaurants in Italy and 11 other countries, which this week was offloaded by its previous London-based

Foodservice operators need to be ready for ‘surprise’ inspections from HSE

A global testing, inspection and certification firm has responded to Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) plans to bolster health and safety within the foodservice sector. Earlier this month HSE issued a statement to the food manufacturing sector, which includes restaurants and bakeries, explaining that it will be conducting surprise inspections over the coming weeks in a

Burger chain breaks out of London and eyes regional coverage

Popular burger brand, Patty & Bun, will officially open its first restaurant outside of London next month.  The debut regional restaurant, secured by leading specialist UK leisure property agency, Shelley Sandzer, is located at 56 Ship Street in Brighton. The brand will occupy a prime corner unit situated within the busy South Lanes, covering approximately 1,500 sq

Raymond Blanc’s White Brasserie Company ramps up business with upcoming opening

The White Brasserie Company, part of Brasserie Bar Co, is set to open its 17th site, the Boot in Histon in Cambridgeshire in February 2018. The opening is part of The White Brasserie Company’s plan to roll out 20 pubs over the next three years. The business is the sister brand to Raymond Blanc’s well-known

Itsu suffers 70% blow to EBITDA amid store expansion strategy

Itsu, a British chain of Asian-inspired fast food shops and restaurants, has made a notable drop in EBITDA and overall losses, despite securing high revenues. In the company’s annual report for the period 29 Dec 2016, it is reported revenues saw a healthy boost of +17% to £95.9m, while the sushi chain’s EBITDA was down

RDA takes centre stage in burger operator’s UK launch

Following the success of The Counter, design and installation company Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) has been appointed to design and fit-out the first ever UK site for BUILT Custom Burgers. BUILT Custom Burgers is the fast casual version of The Counter, which opened in Glasgow in June, serving popular ‘build your own’ burgers, fries and shakes,

Jamie Oliver cites ‘unethical competition’ as key factor in branch closures earlier this year

Celebrity chef and TV personality Jamie Oliver has spoken out again on the factors that led to the closure of a handful of Jamie’s Italian branches earlier this year, citing unethical competition as the real reason behind the restructuring.  The TV chef hit the headlines back in January when he closed half a dozen restaurants from his

Chopstix shuffles senior management ahead of ‘ambitious market push’

Restaurant chain Chopstix has announced a senior staff reshuffle as it looks to execute an ambitious expansion plan in 2018. The 75-strong restaurant group has announced that it has promoted Max Hilton Jenvey to the newly-created post of global head of franchise with immediate effect. Jenvey joined Chopstix in 2015, with over 30 years’ worth of

Bella Italia provides pathway for kitchen brigade to move up through the ranks

Casual dining chain Bella Italia has launched a “leadership academia programme” with the aim of filling 70% of its restaurant managerial positions internally. The scheme is designed to enable a clear career path from team member to general manager, and provides a platform for kitchen staff to be promoted from within and take on more senior positions.