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Saturday 31st August 2013
Breaking News - JDW's Tim Martin confirms Dublin pub plan
JDW’s Tim Martin confirms Dublin pub plan: JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has told Propel that the company is planning to re-enter the Dublin market ten years after it abandoned its first attempt to open in the city. Martin said ther … view
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Friday 30th August 2013
Breaking News - Restaurant Group reports 5% like-for-likes, plans 35 openings
Restaurant Group reports 5% like-for-likes, plans 35 openings: The Restaurant Group, which operates over 400 restaurants and pub restaurants throughout the UK, has reported like-for-like sales grew 5% in the 26 weeks ending 30 June. Total … view
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Friday 30th August 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The march of good pubs, UK foodservice upping its game, cumulative impact zones and staying ahead on health issues
Authors: Paul Charity, Ann Elliott, Jeremy Philips and David McHattie

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Friday 30th August 2013
Barworks, Beefeater, Camerons, cask ale and Gordon Ramsay
Pub campaign plans mass tweet to two million people: It’s Better Down the Pub, the national campaign that celebrates all that is good about the British pub, is looking to unite its supporters by sending out a mass tweet to over two mill … view
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Thursday 29th August 2013
Breaking News - Losses at Paul UK increase, changes strategy
Losses at Paul UK increase, changes strategy: Losses at 30-strong bakery café chain Paul UK have deepened after the company’s trading patterns in London were affected by last summer’s Olympics and Royal events. The company, which launched … view
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Thursday 29th August 2013
Brunning & Price, Fuller's, Hawksmoor, Punch and Salisbury Pubs
Good Pub Guide 2014 – it’s good that bad pubs are closing; awards for Salisbury Pubs, Brunning & Price, ETM Group and Fuller’s: The Good Pub Guide 2014, the most highly rated guide to the UK’s pubs, has argued the closure of pubs … view
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Wednesday 28th August 2013
Breaking News - Greene King adds Pierre White site to Old English Inns
Greene King adds Marco Pierre White site to Old English estate; adds two more in August: Suffolk-based Greene King has added a former flagship Powder Train pub, the 11-bedroom Chequers in Maresfield, East Sussex – linked to celebrity chef Ma … view
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Wednesday 28th August 2013
Jamie Oliver, La Tasca, Living Ventures, Nando’s and Starbucks
Jamie Oliver – migrant workers are better than UK whingers; London facing a recruitment crisis: Jamie Oliver has claimed that migrant workers make far better employees than young “wet-behind-the ears” UK staff. He argued that E … view
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Tuesday 27th August 2013
Breaking News - Horler becomes non-exec at Red Hot
James Horler becomes non-executive at Red Hot World Buffet: Industry veteran James Horler is to become a non-executive director at Red Hot World Buffet in the wake of the acquisition of a majority stake by Luke Johnson’s Risk Capital Pa … view
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Tuesday 27th August 2013
Davy’s, Greene King, Loungers, the Cotswolds and Wetherspoon
Cheshire Cat Pubs boss attacks Camra’s £1.5m support for Wetherspoon: Tim Bird, founder of Cheshire Cat Pubs and Bars, has written to Camra chairman Colin Valentine to criticise the consumer body’s £1.5m indirect support of JD Weth … view
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Sunday 25th August 2013
Breaking News - Risk Capital takes Red Hot majority stake
Risk Capital takes majority stake in Red Hot World Buffet: Risk Capital, the private equity firm headed by Luke Johnson, has acquired a majority stake in Red Hot World Buffet, the restaurant company headed by Paramjit and Helen Dhaliwal. … view
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Friday 23rd August 2013
Breaking News - Geronimo wins £1m jazz pub bid
Geronimo wins £1m bid to move jazz pub’s music room: Geronimo has won planning permission for a £1 million renovation project at The Bull’s Head in Barnes, West London that includes moving the pub’s famous jazz club. The proposed chang … view
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Friday 23rd August 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The micro-pub movement, defining craft beer, pre-loading and Groceries Code clues on pubcos regulation 
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Rob Plant, Paul Chase and H.E. Gelle

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Friday 23rd August 2013
London restaurant leaves £3m of debt after closure
Administrator – Wabi London owes £3 million and there’s been one offer of £50,000 so far: The administrator of Wabi London, the sushi restaurant headed by former Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth, has reported that the business owes unsecu … view
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Thursday 22nd August 2013
Breaking News – Walkabout operator reports Ebitda up
Walkabout operator Intertain reports Ebitda of £5,264,000: Walkabout operator Intertain has reported Ebitda of £5,264,000 (2012: £4,880,000) in the year to 2 February. Sales were £57,580,000, which are £5,726,000 lower than the year befor … view
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Thursday 22nd August 2013
Brakspear, Brewdog, Luke Johnson, rare steaks and Subway
Brakspear invests £7.4 million in five pubs and reports 20% profit lift: Henley-based pub operator Brakspear has reported that it invested £7.4 million in buying five new pubs last year and pre-tax profits before tax and exceptionals ju … view
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Wednesday 21st August 2013
Antic, German brewers, Lazy Cow, NEDs and Powder Train
Antic Limited unsecured creditors likely to receive 36p in each pound owed: Chantrey Vellacott, the administrator of 12-strong London pub operator Antic Limited, has estimated unsecured creditors of the company will receive around 36p … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
Breaking News - Gatecrasher to expand after pre-pack
Gatecrasher to expand after pre-pack: Four-strong nightclub company Gatecrasher will expand its events business and pursue international expansion after a pre-pack administration. Gatecrasher chief executive Simon Raine said: “The transfer o … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
Breaking News - Robin Rowland - 2012 a watershed year for YO! Sushi
Robin Rowland – 2012 a watershed year for YO! Sushi: YO! Sushi chief executive Robin Rowland has shed more light on the company’s 2012 results describing the period as a watershed year with the company selling five sites – and reinvestin … view
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
Beef jerky, Brasserie Bar Co, Pizza Hut and Spirit
Gatecrasher fined over 656 litres of fake vodka at Leeds site, which will not re-open: Gatecrasher Clubs and Bars, the four-strong nightclub company that went through a pre-pack administration at the start of August, has been fined £5,00 … view
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Monday 19th August 2013
Breaking News - Hot dogs lead Americanisation of UK menus
Hot dogs lead Americanisation of UK menus: Hot dogs have nudged scampi and chips from their top 20 ranking of the most popular dishes in eating out establishments, as the nation’s love of all-things-American continues to influence Briti … view
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Monday 19th August 2013
Breaking News - Alan Yau to open Chinese gastro-pub
Alan Yau to open Chinese gastro-pub: Wagamama founder Alan Yau has bought The Endurance Pub on Berwick Street to open a new pub concept. Agent Davis Coffer Lyons was appointed by Hope & Glory to manage the sale of the venue. The 4,500 sq … view
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Monday 19th August 2013
Enterprise, Everards, Hard Rock, Whitbread and YO! Sushi
YO! Sushi reports turnover up and profit down: YO! Sushi UK, the sushi chain led by Robin Rowland and owned by private equity firm Quilvest, has reported turnover rose 9% to £62,628,343 in the year to 25 November 2012 up from £57,672,80 … view
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Friday 16th August 2013
Breaking News - InnBrighton to open London micro-brewery
InnBrighton to open micro-brewery in London: InnBrighton, the Brighton-based operator of 44 pubs led by Gary Pettet and Gavin George and backed by Graphite Capital, has secured its fifth London site, a new lease, the former Redback Tavern in H … view
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Friday 16th August 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Disarming beer snobs, a local star shines at Leeds Trinity, the rise of menu flights in the US and the menace of zero hours contracts
Authors: Martyn Cornell, Ann Elliott, Kevin Higar and Alastair Scott
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Friday 16th August 2013
Giggling Squid, Pesto, M&B, McDonald's and PizzaExpress
VisitBritain reports record numbers of UK visitors in June: There are further signs that the UK is reaping an Olympics legacy as record numbers of visitors came to the UK in June, the second successive month of record visits and spend. A … view
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Thursday 15th August 2013
Kout spends £3.15 million to enter UK coffee market
Kout spends £3.15m to enter UK coffee market: Expanding Kuwait-based Kout Food Group has completed it second deal in August by buying the share capital of South West Coffee, which operates eight Costa Coffee franchises, for 1.4m Kuwaiti … view
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Thursday 15th August 2013
Convivial, Greene King, Hakkasan, Punch, and TGI Friday
Gastro-operator lines up eighth site – first Punch pub: Whiting & Hammond, the gastro-operator led by Brian Whiting, is set to acquire its eighth pub, a Punch Taverns site in Kent that will see an estimated £700,000 co-investment. The … view
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Wednesday 14th August 2013
Costa franchisees bring Canadian health chain to the UK
Costa franchisees bring Canadian health chain to the UK: A couple who run 17 Costa Coffee franchises in the north west are launching a Canadian health food chain's first site in the UK. Simon and Tracy Vardy will open the first British branch … view
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Wednesday 14th August 2013
July sales, Brewdog, Byron, Costa and Domino's
Coffer Peach Tracker reports July sales up 5.7% in drinks-led pubs; restaurant chains down 2.5%: London pubs had plenty to shout about in July, benefiting not just from the prolonged sunny weather but also from a revival in trade in the c … view
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Tuesday 13th August 2013
Stonegate chairman – funding is in place to grow further
Stonegate chairman – funding is in place to grow further: Stonegate Pub Company chairman Ian Payne has told Propel that its backer, private equity firm TDR Capital, has funding in place to grow the business further – and the company is loo … view
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Tuesday 13th August 2013
Ceviche, Harris + Hoole, JDW, Papa John's and M&B
Papa John’s set for 20 new openings after incentive scheme attracts seven new franchisees: Papa John’s, which is the world’s third largest pizza company, has signed up seven new UK franchisees for multi-site development plans as a r … view
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Monday 12th August 2013
Stonegate Pub Company acquires Living Room brand
Stonegate acquires Living Room business: Stonegate Pub Company has bought the 13-strong Living Room estate from Premium Bars & Restaurants. The precise value of the deal is known but it has been suggested the Living Room estate is worth around … view
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Monday 12th August 2013
Convivial, Enterprise, Giraffe, Miller Brands and Prezzo
Morrisons – we aim to be a cheaper alternative to Starbucks and Pret A Manger; Waitrose opens farm shop: Two major supermarket chains, Morrisons and Waitrose, have moved to increase their food credentials. Morrisons is positioning itsel … view
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Friday 9th August 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: Celebrating the pub, growth in foodservice, industry benchmarking and whether Paul Gascoigne’s plight proves alcoholism is a disease
Authors: Francis Patton, Anya Marco, Kate Nicholls and Paul Chase
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Friday 9th August 2013
Craft beer, Enterprise, Orchid, Wellington and Diary
Orchid Pub Company – Pizza Kitchen & Bar could be scaled to 200 sites: Orchid Pub Company has forecast that its Pizza Kitchen & Bar format could be scaled to 200 sites. Commercial director Simon Dodd said: “We’ve now done 26 convers … view
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Thursday 8th August 2013
Breaking News - Enterprise reports five weeks of net income growth
Enterprise reports five weeks of net income growth: Tenanted pub company Enterprise Inns has reported that it has seen like-for-like net income growth in the first five weeks of its final quarter. A ‘difficult first half of the year’ saw l … view
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Thursday 8th August 2013
Gondola, James Horler, McDonald's and Star Pubs & Bars
Star Pubs & Bars achieve 45% success rate on business rates appeals: Over a quarter of the total number of Star Pubs & Bars lessees have now benefited from successful business rates appeals. Working with commercial property specialists, G … view
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Wednesday 7th August 2013
Breaking News - Drake & Morgan report turnover and profit lift
Drake and Morgan reports turnover and profit up: London bar operator Drake and Morgan has reported turnover rose to £17,634,580 in the year to the end of March 2013 (2012: £16,400,298). Pre-tax profit rose to £1,510,104 from £1,398,270 the … view
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Wednesday 7th August 2013
Adnams, Burger King, Decks, McDonald's and M&B
McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s all using zero hours contracts: McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s have all been drawn in the row over zero hours contracts. McDonald’s has admitted 90% of its UK employees are on zero hour … view
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Tuesday 6th August 2013
Breaking News - Roger Whiteside unveils new strategy for Greggs
Roger Whiteside unveils new strategy for Greggs: Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside has unveiled his new strategy for the business. Whiteside, who was previously chief executive of Punch, will place a new emphasis on food on the go, a … view
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Tuesday 6th August 2013
Tesco reveals full details of carvery offer
Tesco unveils details of Decks family carvery offer: Supermarket chain Tesco has opened its new Decks family carvery restaurant with salad bar at the Tesco Extra at Coventry Arena. The restaurant, which is open for breakfast at 7am and se … view
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Monday 5th August 2013
Breaking News - Fuller's plans 'innovative' openings
Fuller’s plans innovative openings in response to changing consumer demand: London brewer and retailer Fuller’s is planning a series of innovative new pub projects as a response to changing consumer demand. The first, The Swift, opens … view
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Monday 5th August 2013
Domino's, Platinum Lace, Pret A Manger and Punch
Domino’s Pizza to launch new concept: Domino’s Pizza is to launch a new dining and takeaway concept in the UK after agreeing a package deal with Extra Motorway Service Area Group to initially open six outlets on the UK motorway networ … view
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Sunday 4th August 2013
Breaking News - Kuwaiti firm adds Little Chef to UK business
Kuwaiti foodservice firm buys Little Chef: Kuwaiti-based foodservice firm Kout Food Group has expanded its UK presence by buying 78 of the 80-strong Little Chef restaurant estate from private equity firm R Capital in a deal estimated to b … view
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Friday 2nd August 2013
Friday Opinion
Subjects: The unstoppable rise of niche, palpable passion and tapping into US culinary nostalgia
Authors: David Martin, Ann Elliott and Kevin Higar

The unstoppable rise of niche by David Martin

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Friday 2nd August 2013
Cote, Enterprise Inns, Revere and YO! Sushi
ALMR – multi-site operators report like-for-likes up across the board in the past year: Evidence of market stabilisation, with a return to growth across the board for the first time since the recession, has emerged in the seventh annual … view
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Thursday 1st August 2013
Greene King introduces executive pay changes
Greene King introduces executive pay changes: Greene King has moved to change the way it pays and incentivises its executive directors. Changes include a re-weighting in favour of long-term performance incentives and clawback provisions. … view
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Thursday 1st August 2013
Staycation trend accelerates to provide £12bn boost
The ‘Staycation’ trend accelerates to provide £12bn UK economic boost: The Staycation trend will deliver a £12bn boost to the UK’s top 20 favourite holiday locations this year as 41 million Britons – 65% of the population – op … view
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