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Fifth Tom’s Kitchen to open aboard London landmark HMS Belfast

Fifth Tom’s Kitchen to open aboard London landmark HMS Belfast

Tom’s Kitchen, the group of restaurants and delis founded by chef Tom Aikens, is launching a new deli and bar at the iconic London landmark, HMS Belfast. This will be the fifth Tom’s Kitchen to open, and has been created in conjunction with Levy Restaurants UK. Opening later this month, the site is designed to

TLG unleashes new openings team as it eyes more restaurant projects

Thai Leisure Group (TLG) has vowed to continue expanding into 2016 after revealing it passed the £30m turnover mark last year. The group insists the “bumper year” it has just had provides it with solid foundations to enlarge the business across the country and has even led to assemble a ‘new openings team’ for the

Nando’s gets green light for Teesside restaurant

Portuguese piri-piri chain Nando’s has received permission from Stockton Council to open a second restaurant in Teesside Park later this year. The new restaurant is planned for either December 2016 or January 2017 and will create up to 40 full-time and part-time jobs. Work on the single-storey restaurant is due to start now, according to

Chain’s cutlery ‘amnesty’ as diners make off with 5,000 spoons

Mexican street food chain Wahaca is running a Spoon Amnesty to encourage light-fingered diners to return specially designed spoons in exchange for free food. First launched in 2012, the spoon amnesty will run for the duration of this month in a bid to recoup some of the 5,000 coveted spoons which mysteriously disappear from its

Bella Italia equipment specifier finds the winning kitchen formula

Casual Dining Group, the parent company of Bella Italia and Café Rouge, will call on a tried and tested approach to catering procurement as it continues on its expansion path in 2016. The group’s restaurant kitchens are the engine rooms of the operation, according to Brian McGeown, new openings operations director at the company. CDG

Big name chains pull into stationside developments at St Pancras and Kings Cross chains

Drake & Morgan will open its ninth London restaurant at the end of September – an all day eating and drinking destination at the fast-growing St Pancras Square development in Kings Cross. The 14,500 square-foot space will be spread across two floors and will have two bars, a restaurant, deli and lounge, private dining room

Gateshead retail extension sparks restaurant build frenzy

Thaikhun and Barburrito have chosen the Gateshead Metrocentre as the location for their first ventures in the North East and are among nine high-profile restaurant names confirmed to be opening at the site, it was revealed today. Two final restaurants are close to being announced as the enlarged Qube area of the Intu-run development is

Carluccio’s fire brings Bicester shopping village to a standstill

A fire that broke out in a Carluccio’s restaurant at Bicester Village during breakfast service this morning has brought business to a standstill. 35 firefighters were called to the blaze at the Oxfordshire location, which occurred at 8.30am. On its website, Bicester Village, which houses dozens of designer outlets, stated: “Bicester Village is temporarily closed

Gourmet Kitchen Burger to roll out 30 new-look outlets with open style kitchens

Premium burger restaurant, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) has expanded with four new sites planned in Glasgow, Watford, Swindon and Bromley, taking the brand’s UK portfolio up to a total of 60. The development is part of a wider drive to open 30 restaurants in the next three years, increasing the portfolio to almost 100 by