Tag Archives: sushi

YO! Sushi creates world’s largest sushi chain with £59m takeover deal

YO! Sushi has given its international growth plans a massive boost by agreeing a £59m deal to take over North America’s second largest sushi brand Bento Sushi. Bosses at the chain said the merger would create a “global multi-channel and multi-brand sushi platform” with annualised sales of £175m. The acquisition values Bento at CAN $100m

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

Wasabi insures itself against central kitchen blackout

Sushi chain Wasabi has insurance protection to cover itself in the event of its central production kitchen (CPU) going down and limiting its ability to supply its stores.   The company’s business model is based on a central kitchen manufacturing hot ingredients for bento and preparing fish for sushi products, both of which are delivered

M&S to trial Wasabi counters in food halls

Marks & Spencer is to test fresh sushi counters in its food halls following a tie-up with UK restaurant chain Wasabi. The supermarket giant is aiming to improve its in-store experience with a touch of theatre and freshly-prepared products displayed in the latest counters. The counters will sell an extensive range of Wasabi’s products, with

Inamo group insists iPad ordering is not an issue for kitchen operations

Restaurant group Inamo is still able to maintain efficient and effective kitchen operations in spite of iPad ordering systems, which can often place added pressure on chefs and equipment. The Sushi chain said it has not had to adapt any of its kitchen kit and is able to run a smooth operation, even with guests

YO! launches new pop-up concept as brand approaches 100 sites

Japanese sushi brand YO! is opening its brand new pop-up concept at Boxpark Croydon tomorrow, bringing its total number of sites close to the 100 mark. Focusing on street food and sushi, the new concept builds on traditional Japanese recipes and re-crafts them for the pop-up environment. Curated by YO!’s executive chef Mike Lewis and inspired by

Waitrose ‘Kitchen’ concept propels it into restaurant-style dining

Waitrose customers will soon be able to enjoy a restaurant-style dining experience in the evenings. The retailer is launching its first official ‘Supper Club’ at its new store in Haywards Heath where customers will be able to have a restaurant-quality meal created by chefs from its three Cookery Schools. Customers will be able to choose

Behind the pass: Sticks ‘n’ Sushi shares the secrets of its kitchens

Andreas Karlsson is used to being asked who his competition is. Prior to his current role as the UK managing director of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, he spent the best part of 15 years in operations capacities at Wagamama, a chain that epitomises the way the casual dining scene has evolved and shifted over the last