The Ivy in Dublin stops staff processing payments following tips row: Staff at The Ivy in Dawson Street, Dublin, have been told they won’t be allowed to process payments from customers after management alleged some waiters were asking for tips in cash rather than on a credit or debit card. Management at the restaurant posted a staff notice claiming certain members of staff “consistently asked for cash”, while cash tips weren’t being shared with other staff members, The Journal reports. The notice stated a new system would mean no team member could handle cash or card from a guest “until trust is rebuilt”. The notice said management would process all payments, while no bonuses would be paid while the situation was “dealt with”. In a statement, The Ivy explained when a tip was paid by credit card it went towards a shared gratuity per hour, which all restaurant staff received. It added: “This is paid in addition to their hourly wage and is guaranteed by the company in that the company will make up any shortfall and is, therefore, regardless of whether any tips are paid by patrons.”
Former Fuller’s and Faucet senior manager acquires London pub as debut site for fledgling firm: Former Fuller’s and Faucet senior manager Douglas Taucher has acquired The Waverley Arms in Nunhead, south London, as a debut site for his new company, Taucher Enterprises. Taucher bought the pub’s lease from a guide price of £150,000 in a deal brokered by agent Savills. The 100-year-old pub comprises a ground-floor bar, beer garden and terrace. Taucher, who was general manager for Fuller’s pub division, area manager for Faucet and, most recently, operations, training and development manager at Livelyhood, will implement a new menu and table service at The Waverley, with a refurbishment planned this summer. The venue will offer weekend brunch, Sunday roasts and theme nights including Fish Fridays and a pie-and-a-pint offer. Taucher said: “I am delighted to have taken over such a fantastic venue in an increasingly popular area. We look forward to making the Waverley Arms the hub of the community for many years to come and establishing a reputation for fantastic food, fabulous service and a great local to watch sport in!” Chris Bickle, director in the licensed leisure team at Savills, added: “The Waverley Arms is a historic neighbourhood pub with an excellent reputation. The new owner is keen to build on this and create a hub for the local community. We wish him every success.”
Perritt brothers to open third Beer + Burger Store, in King’s Cross on Thursday: Brothers Jonathan and Andrew Perritt will open a third London site for their Beer + Burger Store concept this week. The duo will launch the venue at Art House in York Way, King’s Cross, on Thursday (24 January). The Beer + Burger Store concept features a burger bar, taproom and bottle shop. It serves six American-inspired burgers and a selection of sides such as fries, cheese and gravy, chicken wings, mac balls and deep-fried jalapenos. Meanwhile, the taproom and bottle shop will offer more than 300 bottles and cans and more than 20 taps. Beavertown will host the first taproom residency at the site from Thursday, 31 January. Jonathan Perritt said: “Andy and I are really excited to be opening in King’s Cross. We’ve been looking for the right location for the past 18 months and look forward to being part of this creative, dynamic community.” The Perritts launched their debut Beer + Burger Store in Willesden Green in 2016 before opening a second site, in Dalston, in January last year. They also operate The Stag in Hampstead and The Mall Tavern in Notting Hill under their London Pubs umbrella.
TW Pubs grows portfolio to six with second Hawthorn Leisure site as it launches Asian-themed concept: Glasgow-based TW Pubs has grown its portfolio to six after taking on its second Hawthorn Leisure site. Kevin Bowie and Stephen Warisito, who run TW Pubs, have converted a former Hickory Steak House into Mr Wu’s – an Asian-themed venue they describe as a “kitchen disco”. The Kilmarnock Road venue, which had been closed since June, has been revamped. Spread across two floors, Mr Wu’s features Chinese-style red lanterns, illuminated cement seating, table tennis and pool tables, and retro arcade machines. A local artist has painted a large Mr Wu mural on one of the interior walls. Run by an 18-strong team, Mr Wu’s serves pan-Asian food, European dishes with an Asian twist, cocktails and Tsingtao, the Chinese beer that is sponsoring the venue. Bowie said: “Stephen’s parents run successful Chinese restaurants in and around Glasgow and Falkirk and we wanted to bring an Asian flavour to our latest pub venture. It’s really exciting for us because this is the first time we’ve been able to realise our own concept from scratch.” Hawthorn Leisure chief executive Gerry Carroll added: “Kevin and Stephen are very passionate, experienced operators. They’re hands-on too and were the right partners with the right concept for this part of Glasgow. This is their second Hawthorn Leisure reopening and we hope to be part of TW Pubs’ growth ambitions.” TW Pubs’ other Hawthorn site is The Weavers, a community pub in Condorrat, the village near Glasgow where Bowie grew up. TW Pubs also runs four sites with Iona Pub Partnership.
Frankie’s outlines plans for five further sites by 2020 as it opens second, in Blackburn: Casual dining concept Frankie’s has outlined plans for five further sites by 2020 after opening its second, in Blackburn. The company has opened a 170-seater restaurant in the former Pitchers Bar in the Salford area, creating more than 35 jobs. Frankie’s serves burgers, peri-peri chicken, healthy grilled options, desserts and shakes. A spokeswoman told Insider Media: “We believe our proposition is totally different to anything available in Blackburn, which is the main reason we chose this place for our second store. Our aim is to grow the brand across the UK including the north west as part of our growth strategy.” Frankie’s also has a site in Batley, while its website states it is “opening soon” in Bradford.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe to launch first site outside London next month, in Liverpool: Thai restaurant group Rosa’s Thai Cafe is to open its first site outside London, in Liverpool, on Monday, 25 February. The venue will be the brand’s 16th site in total when it launches at Liverpool’s Albert Docks. Housed in a grade I-listed former warehouse, the 88-cover restaurant will be split over two floors, with a dedicated Liverpool menu to launch later this year. The interiors retain original brickwork and huge arches, alongside an open kitchen and a mezzanine level that will host events and private dining. Rosa’s Thai Café co-founder Saiphin Moore said: “As one of the first cities to open up trade links with Asia, we couldn’t think of a better place to open our first restaurant outside London – especially in a location with such enviable views across the historic Royal Albert Docks.” Rosa’s Thai Cafe managing director Gavin Adair previously told Propel the Liverpool launch would act as a “bulkhead for a cluster of restaurants in the north west”. Earlier this month, the company said it would aim to open up to eight sites a year as it looked to grow outside its London heartland. Rosa’s Thai Cafe was founded in 2006 by Alex and Saiphin Moore, who remain involved in the business after TriSpan acquired a majority stake in the company in June last year. On Sunday (20 January) it was announced Alex Moore has also joined immersive entertainment concept The Dream Corporation as chairman.
Creme De La Crepe owner Nick Willoughby behind Bayou Bar opening in Tooting: Creme De La Crepe owner Nick Willoughby is heading a joint venture between Street Food Union and Slinging Po’ Boys that has launched in Tooting Broadway Market, south London. Bayou Bar is a New Orleans-inspired bar and kitchen offering cocktails, brisket, blackened shrimp Po’ Boy sandwiches and weekly live jazz. The cashless concept’s tills are app-based through iZettle, which means staff can operate the till and take orders via their phones. Creme De La Crepe operates at Covent Garden market and also caters at events.
Flight Club appoints Jane O’Riordan as non-executive director: Social darts concept Flight Club has appointed Jane O’Riordan as a non-executive director. O’Riordan is former strategy director at Nando’s and founder of Antipodean-style cycling cafe and restaurant concept The Dynamo in Putney, south west London. A Flight Club spokeswoman told Propel: “We are delighted to confirm Jane O’Riordan has joined us as non-executive chair director. This comes at an exciting point in our business evolution and we look forward to her extensive expertise and guidance to help us take Social Darts to more people.” Flight Club operates three sites in London – in Bloomsbury, Shoreditch and Victoria – along with a venue in Manchester. The company has also lodged plans for a site in Birmingham.
Harcourt Inns opens fourth site, in Chiswick: Harcourt Inns, the venture from former Racine chef patron Henry Harris and James McCulloch, owner of The Harcourt in Marylebone, has opened its fourth London site, in Chiswick. The company has launched The Crown under Harris’ direction in conjunction with head chef Daniele Zaffora. Front of house is overseen by Ruth Leigh, formerly of Le Café Anglais and Dock Kitchen. The daily changing menus are Mediterranean-focused in homage to Zaffora’s Sicilian heritage and showcase the best of simple, quality ingredients such as olive oil and tomatoes. The majority of produce is sourced locally from small, family-run or independent suppliers. The drinks list includes beer from London brewers, wine, champagne, French spirits and classic cocktails. Formerly housing modern European restaurant Carvosso, the 6,000 square foot space in Chiswick High Road is a former police station and stables with capacity for up to 120 covers. The courtyard has a retractable canopy roof, while two private dining rooms open on to the main space with a wine cellar occupying former jail cells. Harcourt Inns’ other sites are the Three Cranes in the City, The Coach in Clerkenwell and The Hero of Maida in Maida Vale.
Asha’s to open third UK site, in Solihull this spring: Asha’s, the Indian restaurant, is to open its third UK site, in Solihull this spring. The company will launch the venue on the top floor of the Touchwood leisure complex in Solihull Shopping Centre. The 120-cover restaurant will be on the upper terrace next to Nando’s and offer a bespoke bar and private dining area. Asha’s, which was created by Bollywood singer and actor Asha Bhosle, has 17 sites in five countries on two continents, including its two UK venues – in Birmingham and Manchester. Director Pawan Kenth told The Business Desk: “Our customers, many of whom have lived in the West Midlands all their lives, have always complained there hasn’t been a high-end Indian restaurant in the south of Birmingham for decades and have been asking us to open for quite a few years.”
River Cafe protégé to open restaurant inspired by Japanese and Italian cuisine, in east London next month: River Cafe protégé Joshua Owens-Baigler is to open a restaurant inspired by Japanese and Italian cuisine, in east London next month. Owens-Baigler has partnered with former Bocca di Lupo chef Daniele Ceforo to launch Angelina. The 40-cover, 1,200 square foot restaurant will open on Wednesday, 20 February within the new Dalston Lanes development. The eight-plate sharing menu will feature dishes such as unagi risotto with burnt soy butter and dashi. Inspired by Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, drinks will be served from the restaurant’s hidden drinking den, Golden Ga. The drinks menu will feature Japanese and Italian cocktails and wine. Owens-Baigler trained at River Cafe and worked for the Bistroteque Group and Hix, becoming bar manager at Bocca Di Lupo before being appointed general manager of Artusi and, more recently, Bevis Marks. He said: “We like the surrealism associated with challenging and poking fun at the way we eat. Saying that, we are respectful of technique and tradition.” Ceforo added: “Angelina is an exciting project for me, working with new Japanese ingredients and techniques that will allow me to showcase my passion and creativity.”
Kent-based pub operator takes on second site: Kent-based pub operator Barrie Thompson has taken on the Dukes Head in the village of Sellindge, near Ashford, for his second site in the county. Thompson, who also operates The Red Lion in Hythe, will offer a pub restaurant at the venue, which unexpectedly closed in September after years of trading. The pub, just off the A20, will reopen in March to feature a 100-cover restaurant with beer garden, children’s play area and 30-space car park. It also offers three-bedroom living accommodation on the first floor. Thompson told Kent Online: “We have got a fair bit of work to do before we get the pub trading again and we plan to reopen in March as long as everything goes to plan. We’re excited to get this great pub trading again to serve the community.”
Derbyshire-based Italian restaurant to open second pub site: Derbyshire-based Italian restaurant Angelo’s is to open a second site. Husband-and-wife team Angelo and Carly Carrieri will open the venue in the renovated King’s Head pub in the village of Duffield. Building work is taking place at the Town Street property ahead of an expected opening in early March. The couple said the bistro would have a different menu to its restaurant, which is based in The New Inn in Hopping Hill, Milford. Angelo Carrieri told Derbyshire Live: “We want this bistro to run alongside our restaurant. We decided on the King’s Head because it is newly refurbished and things are going very well there. It is at a great location. We want to offer good food in a different setting. We are so excited about the move – it is the right fit for what we want to do.” Ryan North, owner of The King’s Head, added: “We have a great venue here and to work with Angelo’s is a great opportunity. Together, I think we can create something very special.”
Nando’s to open second Dundee site, this month: Nando’s will open its second Dundee outlet, at the end of the month. The company will open the restaurant at Camperdown Leisure Park. It will replace Indian restaurant Ashoka Shak, which closed several months ago. The city’s first Nando’s opened in Nethergate in 2012 in a space formerly occupied by Pizza Hut. A Nando’s spokesman told The Courier: “We know there are a lot of peri-peri fans in Dundee and we can’t wait to open our second restaurant in the city.”
Yorkshire-based holiday park operator secures funding to upgrade sites as it eyes 20% turnover boost: Yorkshire-based operator Park Leisure Marketing has secured seven-figure funding from HSBC UK to upgrade its sites as it eyes a 20% boost in turnover in the next 12 months. The company will implement a raft of improvements at Beachcomber Holiday Park & Entertainment Centre in Cleethorpes and Longbeach Leisure Park in Hornsea – including upgrading Beachcomber’s 200-cover Bucket’s sports bar and restaurant. More than 5,000 holidaymakers visited Park Leisure’s sites last year. Director Richard Varley told BDaily: “Since starting the business in 1991 we have always looked at ways to improve our parks. Beachcomber and Longbeach offer fantastic accommodation and entertainment facilities for holiday-makers across the UK, as demonstrated by our upcoming event with boxing superstar Tyson Fury.” HSBC invested in the firm through its £12bn 2018 SME fund. HSBC UK relationship director Jamie McCullough said: “It is an exciting time for the British tourism industry, which enjoyed a record-breaking summer last year due to increased demand for home-grown breaks across the UK. Park Leisure Marketing has proved it knows how to capitalise on opportunities and is not afraid to invest to keep its parks fresh.”