Bistrot Pierre confirms next two openings: Private equity-backed restaurant group Bistrot Pierre has confirmed its next two sites as it continues its UK expansion. The company has secured a site in Coventry while it will open in Southport next month. The new Coventry bistrot is due to open in summer 2018, located at Cathedral Lanes shopping centre, and will have space for 124 diners. Meanwhile, Bistrot Pierre will open its Southport restaurant on Friday, 17 November. The venue in Lord Street will have capacity for 140 customers. Rob Beacham, who founded the group with school friend John Whitehead in 1994, said: “We’ve had Coventry and Southport on our radar for quite some time. Both have seen considerable investment recently and we’re delighted to be supporting their growth and bringing our offering to the food and drink sectors there.” Shearer Property Group, the developer for Cathedral Lanes, worked with Bistrot Pierre to secure the deal for the unit in Coventry while Southport’s Jenics secured the premises in Lord Street. Bistrot Pierre, which currently operates 21 sites, received £9.8m from private equity firm Livingbridge in 2015 to support its expansion plans. Sites in the pipeline include Preston and Worthing.
Be At One removes plastic straws, refreshes app and menu: Cocktail bar specialist Be At One has becomes the latest sector company to remove plastic straws from its bars – and has replaced them with an environmentally friendly alternative. The company has switched to corn plastic straws, which are fully compostable and biodegrade in just eight weeks, amid rising concerns over global plastic pollution. Chief operating officer Andrew Stones said: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and becoming a more environmentally sustainable operation. Plastic has a devastating environmental impact and is particularly harmful to our oceans and marine life, and as such, we are pleased to be able to switch away from plastic straws.” The introduction of the corn plastic straws comes alongside the launch of a new menu, focused on a music theme. The menu has more than 100 drinks and features a “New Mixes” page to showcase some of the new cocktails now available. In addition, the company has also introduced a “Premium Spirits & Mixers” section, Be At One has also redesigned its website and refreshed its app as part of a brand evolution and new “Life Is What You Mix It” campaign. A new feature called Drinkr allows customers to swipe left or right on the menu in order to find an ideal cocktail match according to their personal taste. Further incentives include a £5 cocktail promotion when the app is downloaded. Be At One operates 33 bars across the UK, including 17 in London. Its first bar opened in Battersea in 1998.
Japanese version of Eataly to open in New York: A Japanese version of Italian food emporium Eataly is to open in New York. Japan Village will take up 20,000 square feet in the Sunset Park commercial complex at Industrial City with six food stalls, an izakaya, a sake store, specialty grocery, and more. Owners Tony Yoshida and Takuya Yoshida, who also own Michelin-starred Kyo Ya and grocery store Sunrise Mart, intend to make it feel like “Japan in the US”. On offer will be made-to-order onigiri, bento boxes, breads and pastries, matcha, a juice bar, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, fresh mochi, ramen, sushi, soba, udon, donburiya, tempura and teppanyaki. Japan Village is on track to open in the spring alongside restaurants such as Burger Joint and Avocaderia, which are already in Industry City. It will be the third single cuisine-focused food hall in New York City, behind Eataly and French Le District, reports Eater New York.
Papa John’s franchisee opens fourth site in four years: Papa John’s franchisee Mio Abid has opened his fourth site in four years – this time in Torquay. He also runs sites in Trowbridge, Newbury and Bristol. He used to run a college for international students in London before opening his first site in 2013. “Although tourism plays a big part in Torquay’s economy, we are also looking forward to serving-up Papa John’s pizza to our local community,” said Abid. “Torquay has a population of about 65,000 residents, including many families, plus students attending South Devon College.” Papa John’s, which was founded in the US in 1984, has more than 350 sites across the UK and more than 5,000 stores in more than 40 international markets and territories.
Final food and beverage line-up at Westgate Oxford unveiled: The final line-up of 25 restaurants and bars at the new Westgate Oxford Westgate shopping centre has been unveiled. The £440m, 800,000 square foot development, a joint venture between landlords The Crown Estate and Land Securities, includes the city’s first public roof garden, designed around a kitchen garden concept. It features a series of outdoor spaces for 12 bars and restaurants affording panoramic rooftop views of the Oxford city skyline and the countryside. Restaurant and bar brands including Cinnamon Kitchen, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Pizza Pilgrims, Dirty Bones, Pho, The Breakfast Club, The Alchemist and Nando’s will sit alongside a grass “quad”, and boutique cinema chain Curzon Cinemas. East Coast Concept’s Victor’s brand, which offers international cuisine in an East Coast American format, will also join the rooftop line-up. The Westgate Social area is anchored by crazy golf operator Junkyard Golf and also includes food operators Shawa Lebanese Grill from Comptoir Libanais, Ned’s Noodle Bar, Indian street food concept Rola Wala, Tommi’s Burger Joint, Mexican brand Benito’s Hat and Bonnie Gull’s “chippy” sidekick spin-off Salt n Sauce. Other restaurant brands elsewhere at the scheme include ramen concept Shoryu, Le Pain Quotidien, Comptoir Libanais and Pret. Kiosks will also be provided by Grand Caffé Concerto in the open square, as well as Boost, Shake Lab, Crepe O Mania and Krispy Kreme. Davis Coffer Lyons acted for The Crown Estate and Land Securities to secure the lettings.
Black and White Hospitality to open Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill site in Hull: Black and White Hospitality, which owns the rights to five restaurant brands belonging to celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, is to open a Steakhouse Bar & Grill site in Hull. The company is opening the restaurant at the new four-star DoubleTree by Hilton in the city centre, due to launch in late 2017. It is the fifth Marco Pierre White venue opened within a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and the first Steakhouse Bar & Grill site in Yorkshire. The 140-cover restaurant’s menu, curated by Pierre White, will serve steaks, English and French classics, and a selection of premium cocktails. Pierre White said: “As a proud Yorkshireman I’m delighted to be bringing my Steakhouse to Hull, right in the heart of the fantastic UK City of Culture. The menu is all about classic, recognisable dishes, cooked simply using the finest ingredients to deliver delicious food.” Black and White Hospitality chief executive Nick Taplin added: “Following in the footsteps of our Marco’s New York Italian restaurants in Sheffield and Leeds, this will be our first Steakhouse to open in Yorkshire, and the fifth Marco Pierre White restaurant within a DoubleTree hotel. There is a great synergy between our brands and we’re looking forward to bringing something completely different to Hull’s food scene.”
International hotel operator Ellerslie secures second UK site: International hotel operator Ellerslie has secured its second UK site after acquiring the Rutland Hotel in Sheffield for an undisclosed sum. The company has bought the four-star venue off an asking price of £2.65m from Claypenny Hotels through agent Colliers International. The hotel off Broomfield Road has 63 en-suite bedrooms, alongside extensive food and beverage facilities. Ellerslie director Tasneem Watson said: “The potential to increase sales revenue at the Rutland is exciting and we look forward to taking on this challenge. We plan to work closely with the team in Sheffield over the coming months to identify any necessary improvements needed and will likely refurbish the property over time in order to ensure we are in the best possible position to attract and welcome existing and new customers to the Rutland for years to come.” Ellerslie currently owns and operates the Discovery Inn in Leeds city centre.
Fourth achieves top 20 place in ‘top companies to work’ for list: Fourth, the software partner to the hospitality industry, has been named one of the best companies to work for in Britain, in a report released by the Chartered Management Institute and job site Glassdoor. The top 20 list, which champions the best companies for culture and leadership in the UK, has been compiled from online reviews posted on Glassdoor by both current and former employees of more than 700,000 companies. Fourth’s employees praised the company for its split leadership structure, maintaining clear distinguished between roles, divided into technical specialists and people specialists. Placed second overall, Fourth was ahead of Facebook, Auto-Trader, RHP, Lookers and SkyScanner. Simon Bocca, Fourth chief operating officer, said: “It’s well documented hospitality operators are facing increasing pressures to attract and retain the best talent in a shrinking pool of people. As a business we work hard to support our customers in staff engagement, establishing positive culture and effective communications, through our people system and the Fourth Engage app. So it’s very pleasing to receive this recognition and demonstrate that as a business we do also ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk’.” The accolade comes in the same year Fourth featured in the 2017 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. In the survey, Fourth’s employees said their managers cared about them as individuals, believed their jobs were good for their own personal growth and felt they had fun with the people they worked with.
Molson Coors scoops two accolades at Center Parcs supplier awards: Molson Coors has scooped two accolades at the seventh annual Center Parcs Supplier Awards. Molson Coors won the Supplier of the Year title as well as the Food and Beverage and Retail Supplier honour. The company has been the official beer supplier to Center Parcs since October 2016 after signing a five-year contract. As part of the deal, Molson Coors supplies a range of its brands including Carling, Doom Bar, Staropramen and Pravha to Center Parcs’ five locations across the UK. Molson Coors has developed a bespoke and in-depth training programme for Center Parcs, coupled with a tailored marketing activation plan. Center Parcs head of procurement Martyn Smith said: “Molson Coors has provided excellent training, brilliant support and both fast and effective communication to Center Parcs villages this year. The range of products it offers has had a hugely positive impact for our guests, with guest service scores improving as a result.” The awards, which consisted of 220 nominations across 13 categories, celebrated the best of more than 2,000 Center Parcs suppliers