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Darwin and Wallace

Darwin & Wallace’s growth rallies as it serves up new bar in Wimbledon

Darwin & Wallace’s growth rallies as it serves up new bar in Wimbledon

An independent neighbourhood bar group has announced it is expanding its London presence with the addition of its sixth bar in the heart of Wimbledon. Darwin & Wallace, which launched in 2012, is expected to open the doors of its new bar within walking distance of the world-famous tennis ground in spring 2018, in time

southern-style chain Hickory's Smokehouse

Hickory’s Smokehouse plans Southport restaurant with giant fire pit in kitchen

Expanding Southern-style family dining group, Hickory’s Smokehouse, is ramping up its UK operation with the launch of a new restaurant, complete with a giant fire pit in its kitchen. The six-strong chain, which has sites in the North West, at Chester and West Kirby, is expected to open the doors of its newest property in

Darwin & Wallace

Darwin & Wallace bar group snaps up coveted three star rating from SRA

An independent neighbourhood bar group has bolstered its business by garnering a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The five-strong chain Darwin & Wallace, which has sites in Battersea. Clapham, Chelsea, Richmond and Chiswick, secured the converted rating for its commitment to “serving great quality food.” The SRA examines activity across three

Tracey Matthews, group chief operating officer, Matt Ford, marketing director and Jamie Robertson, chef director

Gaucho funnels £1.5m into flagship Edinburgh restaurant venue

An Argentinian steak restaurant is readying for its Scottish flagship launch following a £1.5m refurbishment. Gaucho is set to make its Scottish debut with the launch of a venue in Edinburgh, which is due to open its doors to customers in mid-November. The new 120 cover luxury restaurant, which will be based in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square,

EAT store Birmingham

EAT boss restructures company in a bid to retain “flightier” shop floor staff

UK-based food-to-go operator EAT is redesigning its staffing structure in a move designed to grow its employees amid struggles retaining millennials. CEO Andrew Walker, who stepped across to EAT last year having previously worked for rival food-to-go operator Pret A Manger, has been tasked with boosting the company’s performance and looks to do so by

Sushi Shop

European sushi chain ramps up its coverage of UK market

European sushi group Sushi Shop is poised to expand its UK portfolio with the opening of two new London sites in 2017. With existing shops in Marylebone, South Kensington and Notting Hill, the new locations will be the first outside of central London for the brand. Opening in Hampstead and Richmond, both will follow the tried and


Wagamama and Springboard form business partnership

Casual dining chain Wagamama is joining forces hospitality charity Springboard on a major drive to inspire young people and unemployed adults into careers in hospitality. The partnership will nurture a pipeline of talent into the industry, and make a positive contribution to improving perceptions of a career in hospitality, showcasing exciting career opportunities within “progressive”

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Emerging pizza chain to spend £175k fitting out new Hull site

Pizzeria chain Buca Di Pizza has bagged a 1,900 sq ft unit at Hull’s Fruit Market as it continues to expand across the north of England. The 80-cover site, which can also seat 20 outside, will be the fourth addition to the company’s store network and the first in East Yorkshire. It currently has two

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SPECIAL REPORT: 20 top tips to guarantee open kitchen success

The trend for open kitchens is now so prevalent and established that you could argue it’s not even a trend these days. But that doesn’t mean operators can afford to be complacent when planning the design of such spaces. FEJ tapped into some of the leading kitchen design minds in the country to construct a

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Restaurants trump pubs in modest July performance

Pub and restaurant groups have managed to secure a marginal growth in July amidst fears regarding consumer confidence levels. Restaurants slightly outperformed pub chains showing 0.9% like-for-like growth rate against 0.4% for pub and bar operators according to CGA Peach. The latest figures reveal collective like-for-like sales were up by 0.6% across the sector in