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Casual dining chains get burnt by pubs when sun shines

Casual dining chains get burnt by pubs when sun shines

Hot weather in May helped boost trade in Britain’s pubs, but hit restaurant sales, figures from the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker reveal. Overall, the country’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups saw collective like-for-like sales up 1.4% on May last year, according to data released this morning. While managed pubs saw collective like-for-likes jump

Casual Dining show will relocate to ExCeL next year, organisers confirm

Organisers of the Casual Dining show have confirmed that the exhibition will relocate to London ExCeL from 2019. Last week’s event attracted 200 exhibitors and more than 5,000 visitors over the two days, but its success has meant that a new venue was required to continue its growth. With Casual Dining having already reached capacity

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,

Most popular city for casual dining operators is not the one you think it is

The explosion of casual dining brands on the London restaurant scene is well-documented – but it is actually another UK city that tops the list of places the big restaurant chains are flocking to.   New data suggests that Southampton stands firm as the top UK market hot spot for casual dining restaurants following a

Jamie Oliver Group CEO Jon Knight to give his account of casual dining business

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group’s new CEO has been unveiled as the first big-name keynote speaker for Casual Dining next February. Jon Knight, who became CEO several weeks ago, after serving as managing director of Jamie Oliver’s international restaurant portfolio, will present at the London show in 2018.  Mr Knight’s speech is likely to present a fascinating insight to life

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Jamie’s Italian site in Portsmouth is axed despite promise of no more closures

Jamie’s Italian is pulling the plug on its seventh restaurant this year, despite claims that the chain wouldn’t shut any more venues following the closure of ‘problem sites’ at the start of the year. It has been confirmed that Jamie’s Italian in Portsmouth, which first opened for business in 2011, will stop trading on Sunday

Fifth of workers claim lack of investment in new equipment damages morale

Decision-makers within the foodservice industry fear low worker morale due to growing pressures, working conditions and lack of investment in new equipment. 40% of senior employees within the sector believe morale is low due to a lack of investment and working conditions according to new research from Dustcontrol UK. The study, which questioned 100 UK-based food

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”

Tortilla wraps up 34th restaurant opening with three more yet to come

Tortilla, a Californian burrito and taco restaurant brand, opened its 34th restaurant last week in Dalston, just three months after launching a site in Kingston Upon Thames. The growing fast-casual concept, which is designed to be a healthier alternative to Mexican fast-food, also proclaimed that it will open three more stores before the end of 2018. The

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