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Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

By Restaurant

Uncertainty around the future of wine bar group Vinoteca, the impending birth of Bébé Bob, and a new grab and go format for Neat Burger are among this week's most read stories.

Hospitality inflation rate rises

Hospitality inflation rate rises

By Restaurant

The inflation rate for restaurants and hotels rose slightly from 9.5% in June to 9.6% this month despite an overall drop in inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

How restaurants can improve staff retention

Seven ways to improve staff retention

By Polly Robinson

Coach and hospitality leadership trainer Polly Robinson on the importance of checking in on staff and making them feel seen, heard and valued.

Chain and QSR restaurants drive menu price increases to 14.4%

Chain restaurants drive menu price increases

By Restaurant

Food menu inflation has increased by 14.4% year-on-year, according to Lumina Intelligence’s latest Menu Tracker Quarterly Report of Q2 2023, driven primarily by chain restaurants and QSR operators.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Kenny Tutt closing his flagship restaurant, Spencer Metzger moving on from The Ritz, and McDonald’s plans for a small-format spinoff brand.

Food prices in hospitality surge again

Food prices in hospitality surge again

By James McAllister

Inflation as measured by the CGA Prestige Foodservice Price Index rose again to 22.6% year-on-year in June — close to the record high of 22.9% in December 2022.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Jeremy King announcing two further London openings, the publication of Ofgem's non-domestic energy market review, and several high-profile restaurant closures.

People on the Move: July 2023

People on the Move: July 2023

By Restaurant

This month's round up of job news includes a new managing director for Las Iguanas and a new head chef for East Sussex restaurant The Union Rye.

Friday Five: the week's top restaurant news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Sven-Hanson Britt closing Oxeye, Tattu rebranding as Permanently Unique, and fresh allegations of a ‘toxic’ workplace culture at McDonald's.

Restaurants including Hawksmoor and Chotto Matte launch offers to encourage diners out during rail strikes

The Lowdown: Strike Steak

By James McAllister

Hawksmoor has launched a steak meal deal to encourage diners out during the forthcoming rail strikes. And it’s not the only restaurant making moves to mitigate the fall in covers.

Eating out market remains stagnant according to Lumina Intelligence data

Eating out market remains stagnant

By Shwetali Sapte

The eating out market remains stagnant year-on-year, with weekly eating out frequency and penetration remaining unchanged due to the cost of living crisis, according to Lumina Intelligence.

Friday Five: the week's top news

Friday Five: the week's top news

By James McAllister

This week's top news stories include Alan Yau's new retail and restaurant ramen concept, Jeremy King's next venture, and Plymouth being named the best UK city to open a restaurant.

The hot chef summer trend explained

The Lowdown: Hot chef summer

By Joe Lutrario

Dishy chefs including The Bear’s Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto and shirtless Swiss pastry chef Cedrik Lorenzen are steaming up our TV and phone screens this summer.

Six ways artificial intelligence is shaping the restaurant industry

Six ways AI is shaping the restaurant industry

By Glenn Tait

The product director at hospitality technology company Zonal on how artificial intelligence can help operators create better experiences for their customers without taking over the experience.

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Friday five: the week's top news stories

By Restaurant

New openings from the Timberyard team, Paul Foster, and D.ream international and a hint of what might come from Hong Kong-based Black Sheep Restaurants are among this week's most read stories.

Latest kitchen equipment for restaurants

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Kit parade: the latest kitchen equipment

By Joe Lutrario

Our equipment showcase profiles five leading suppliers that offer innovative kitchen equipment that can withstand the rigours of the restaurant business.

Hospitality remains stretched by rising prices

Hospitality remains stretched by rising prices

By Shwetali Sapte

Supply chain fragility continues to hit hospitality, with the cost of goods sold at 27.3% in February 2023, an increase of more than five percentage point in less than two years, according to new data from Fourth.

Sweet Salone African cookbook Maria Bradford

Book review: Sweet Salone

By Joe Lutrario

Shwen Shwen founder Maria Bradford explores the surprisingly diverse cuisine of Sierra Leone.

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