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Latest opening: Gloria

By Joe Lutrario

France's Big Mamma group has landed in Shoreditch with the 'least Brexit-compatible restaurant in the UK'.

Polpo to enter CVA with planned closures

Polpo to enter CVA with planned closures

By Sophie Witts

The Polpo restaurant group is to enter in to a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) after plans were approved by 98% of creditors today (8 March).

Monty's Deli London restaurants on future plans

Generation Next: Monty's Deli

By Finn Scott-Delany

Known for its killer Reubens, the London-based Jewish deli has opened its third site. Co-founder Owen Barratt explains the business’ origins and future plans

Harneet Baweja Gunpowder owner

How I Got Here: Harneet Baweja

By Joe Lutrario

Born in Kolkata, Harneet Baweja is the restaurateur behind Indian small plates smash hit Gunpowder, which has restaurants in Spitalfields and Tower Bridge.

Pizza Express opens new restaurant Za

Latest opening: Za

By Joe Lutrario

PizzaExpress is out for a slice of the grab-and-go sector with the first major shake-up of its formula in decades.

Boparan to close 27 Ed's Easy Diner and Giraffe restaurants

Boparan to close 27 Ed's Easy Diner and Giraffe restaurants

By Stefan Chomka

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) is the latest casual dining group to explore entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), with the company looking to close 27 of its Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner restaurants.

Casual Dining Group focusing on delivery-only brands

Casual Dining Group focusing on delivery-only brands

By Sophie Witts

Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Café Rouge operator Casual Dining Group (CDG) will focus on developing its concessions and delivery-only businesses this year because it has “never been more competitive” for high street restaurants.

Tom Barton Honest Burgers Brighton launch

How I Got Here: Tom Barton

By Joe Lutrario

Tom Barton is the co-founder of better burger pioneer Honest Burgers. Later this month he will open his first restaurant in Brighton, which is something of a homecoming as the now nationwide group started life as a street food player in and around the...

YO! Sushi genetic dining experience YO! Dinner, YO! Way, DNA testing to personalise its customers’ meals.

The Lowdown: DNA dining

By Stefan Chomka

YO! Sushi has launched genetic dining experience YO! Dinner, YO! Way, which uses DNA testing to personalise its customers’ meals.

James Knappett Kitchen Table London chef

Flash-grilled: James Knappett

By Joe Lutrario

James Knappett is the chef patron of the now two Michelin star Kitchen Table and gourmet hotdog and grower Champagne concept Bubbledogs. He runs both venues alongside his sommelier wife Sandia Chang.

Tom Brooke Red Dog Saloon barbecue

How I Got Here: Tom Brooke

By Joe Lutrario

Tom Brooke opened the first Red Dog Saloon on Hoxton Square back in 2010. The six-strong group is now a national player with sites as far flung as Liverpool and Southampton.

Victor Garvey to launch Spanish restaurant Barullo in the City

Victor Garvey heads east with Barullo

By Joe Lutrario

The chef behind highly-rated Catalan spot Rambla is to launch a restaurant in the City of London that will serve food from all over Spain.

Pros and cons of going cashless for restaurants

Is cash’s number up? The pros and cons of going cashless

By Tony Naylor

Restaurants across the country are going card only in a bid to speed up service, reduce bank payments and increase security. But with some calling the move classist and elitist, should you cash in on the trend for cashless?

Tattu in Birmingham

Restaurant Radar: February 2019

By Restaurant

From fine dining flagships to 'surreal' east London projects, fried chicken to Tellicherry crab - here's our pick of the UK's big restaurant openings this month

Stylish new restaurant has opened in the The Dixon hotel in London’s Tower Bridge

Latest opening: Provisioners

By Stefan Chomka

A stylish new restaurant has opened in the The Dixon hotel in London’s Tower Bridge.

Saiphin Moore Rosa's Thai Cafe restaurant

How I Got Here: Saiphin Moore

By Joe Lutrario

Born in Thailand, Saiphin Moore founded Rosa’s Thai as a street food stall with husband Alex in 2007. Later this month the pair will open their first northern site in Liverpool, taking the chain to 16 locations.

Fergus Jackson Brick House bakery London

Flash-grilled: Fergus Jackson

By Joe Lutrario

The baker behind Peckham Rye and East Dulwich's Brick House on Twiglets, Simon Hopkinson and toast.

Jonathan Recanati Farmer J

How I Got Here: Jonathan Recanati

By Joe Lutrario

Former Banker Jonathan Recanati founded healthy fast casual concept Farmer J in 2014 and now operates two locations in the City of London.

PizzaExpress to launch Za

PizzaExpress to enter food to go sector

By James Wallin

PizzaExpress is to launch spin-off brand, ZA, next month with an all-dining offer centred around pizza slices, BigHospitality's sister website MCA has learnt.

Farzi Café new opening

Latest opening: Farzi Café

By Joe Lutrario

London's latest high-profile Indian restaurant launch offers a modern yet authentic take on subcontinental cuisine.


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