Casual Dining

Nando’s rolls out new energy recycling system

Nando’s rolls out energy recycling system

By Shwetali Sapte

Nando’s has announced it is using waste heat generated from its kitchen to heat water and buildings following the success of a year-long trial at its Didsbury branch in Manchester.

Wagamama owner The Restaurant Group faces new investor pressure from Coltrane Asset Management

TRG faces new investor pressure

By James McAllister

The Restaurant Group (TRG) has come under renewed pressure from investors after Coltrane Asset Management, which has built a 3% stake in the business, called for change at the company.

Mostly vegan concept led by former Chiltern Firehouse chef Rishim Sachdeva Tendril secures pop-up spot for first permanent restaurant

Tendril secures pop-up spot on permanent basis

By James McAllister

Tendril, the 'mostly vegan' concept led by former Chiltern Firehouse chef Rishim Sachdeva, will launch its first permanent restaurant this summer just off Regent Street in central London.

Korean QSR brand Bunsik to expand beyond London with first opening in Manchester

Bunsik expands beyond the capital

By James McAllister

Korean QSR brand Bunsik is heading to Manchester for its first location outside of London, which will also be its biggest site to date.

Lina Stores to open neighbourhood restaurant in Clapham first location south of the river

Lina Stores heads south of the river

By James McAllister

London-based Italian brand Lina Stores will launch its first outpost south of the river next month in Clapham, nearly two years after the opening was first mooted.

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P.Franco to return following successful crowdfund

By James McAllister

Lauded low-intervention wine bar and dining counter P.Franco in east London is set to reopen it doors next month following a successful crowdfund led by former manager Will Gee.

Mamma Dough bought out of administration with five of the group’s seven restaurants saved from closure

Mamma Dough bought out of administration

By James McAllister

South London-based pizza chain Mamma Dough has been bought out of administration, with five of the group’s seven sites set to continue trading.

What are the biggest restaurant openings in May 2023

Restaurant radar: May 2023

By Restaurant

This month's key openings include new concepts from chef Eyal Shani and Taiwanese restaurant group BAO, as well as the international debut of Barcelona-based restaurant group Los Reyes del Mango.

Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

Friday five: the week's top hospitality stories

By Restaurant

This week's most read stories include the announcement of the Chef of the Year shortlist at this year's Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, and more pressure being put on The Restaurant Group by its shareholders,

Weekly eating out occasions falls by 6% according to new data from Lumina Intelligence

Weekly eating out occasions fall by 6%

By James McAllister

Weekly eating and drinking out occasions have declined 6.7% year on year as consumers continue to alter behaviours in response to the cost-of-living crisis, new data from Lumina Intelligence shows.

Andrea Fraquelli co-founder of the Brasseria Family group London on being a third-generation restaurateur

How I Got Here: Andrea Fraquelli

By James McAllister

The co-founder of the Brasseria Family group London and grandson of Spaghetti House co-founder Lorenzo Fraquelli on being a third-generation restaurateur, working with his brother, and his problems with VAT.

Pret overhauls coffee subscription service and relaunches it as Club Pret loyalty programme

Pret overhauls loyalty programme

By James McAllister

Pret a Manger has announced its coffee subscription service will be rebranded to Club Pret, with the price rising from £25 to £30 per month.

Photo credit: David Charbit

Latest opening: Embers

By James McAllister

Brighton chefs Dave Marrow and Isaac Bartlett-Copeland are out to set the seaside city’s food scene alight with their new restaurant, which puts wood fire cooking front and centre.

US-themed casual dining chain Fridays has chosen to defy industry norms by ditching free staff food

The Lowdown: staff meals

By Joe Lutrario

US-themed casual dining chain Fridays has chosen to defy industry norms by ditching free staff food.

Alex Head owner of restaurant group and catering company Social Pantry on combining her love of food and entrepreneurship

How I Got Here: Alex Head

By James McAllister

The owner of restaurant group and catering company Social Pantry on combining her love of food and entrepreneurship, challenging outdated attitudes in the industry, and her secret signature dish.

P.F. Chang’s UK acquired by Pizza Hut franchise

P.F. Chang’s UK acquired by Pizza Hut franchise

By Finn Scott-Delany

Pizza Hut franchise group Zaf Holdings has acquired the P.F. Chang’s flagship London site in Leicester Square, as well as the brand's master franchise rights in the UK.

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