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Former La Tasca and Pizza Hut man gains new catering equipment sales post

Former La Tasca and Pizza Hut man gains new catering equipment sales post

Metcalfe Catering Equipment has appointed experienced sales professional Duncan Woolmer to the newly-created position of sales manager for the East of England. Woolmer joins the Welsh supplier and manufacturer of light catering equipment having previously worked for both JLA and Lockhart. He also knows what it is like to operate on the other side of

Casual Dining Group pulls £160m reinvestment plan, reports say

Casual Dining Group has reportedly decided against a £160m refinancing plan after investors in the restaurant sector pulled back from raising the cash. The restaurant group, which owns Cafe Rouge, Las Iguanas and La Tasca, had been trying trying to replace a debt package held with hedge funds but was unable to gain support from

Acquisitions cost Casual Dining Group £112m last year

Casual Dining Group (CDG) shelled out £112m to expand its estate through acquisition last year, its annual accounts reveal. The group, which owns Bella Italia and Café Rouge, stumped up £23m for La Tasca and a further £89m to buy Las Iguanas. The La Tasca deal saw it take over 42 restaurants in the UK

Casual Dining Group CEO suggests repeat of La Tasca acquisition

Steve Richards, CEO of Casual Dining Group, has said that the group will look to acquire more brands and sites to scale its business. The company bought La Tasca last year, primarily for the attractive locations of sites, and reduced the number of restaurants trading under the La Tasca brand from 44 to eight, replacing

SPECIAL REPORT: How Casual Dining Group has turned under-performing assets into profitable gems

There is a street in Manchester down which you will find a Bella Italia, a La Tasca, a Belgo and a La Vina, all within close proximity to one another and all owned and managed by the Casual Dining Group. The prospect of inter-company sales cannibalisation would make most operators feel uncomfortable about such a

Only 14 La Tasca sites left standing by summer

Just 14 La Tasca sites will remain standing by this summer as its new owner, Casual Dining Group, pursues a strategy of replacing them with its flagship brands, its CEO Steve Richards said yesterday. CDG is reported to have paid £25m for the La Tasca business last September, but more than two-thirds of the 40-strong

Bella Italia begins flurry of projects as it targets 20 new stores by May

Bella Italia is to unveil four new sites in a flurry of February openings. They signal the start of a busy four months for the Italian restaurant chain, which has 20 new openings scheduled between now and the end of May. The first two February openings are on busy London suburb retail parks, at Colliers

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

La Tasca auction drew “several” bidders, reveals ex-owner

The former owner of La Tasca has revealed that it received “several bids” for the chain prior to it agreeing a reported £25m deal with the Casual Dining Group (CDG) last week. Kaupthing, the Icelandic Bank that is the subject of winding-up proceedings, did not name the parties that had put their cash on the

Former La Tasca and Gondola man turns equipment supplier

A former operations director for ASK and Zizzi has shifted to the supply side of the industry after joining a newly-formed company that imports specialist foodservice equipment from Italy. Peter Murdock, who was also managing director of La Tasca between 2008 and 2010, has joined Italian Equipment Solutions as sales director and will lead its