Jamie Oliver opens second Gatwick site as he evolves pop-up American diner concept: Jamie Oliver has evolved his pop-up American diner concept in London into his second restaurant at Gatwick airport. Oliver has launched Jamie Oliver’s Diner in the airport’s South Terminal. The restaurant’s website states: “Our little pop-up diner in London’s Shaftesbury Avenue was the first of its kind to open, back in 2013. Designed to be a relaxed, vibrant space that would stick around for just a year, its menu took inspiration from Jamie’s trip to the States, as documented in Jamie’s America. In 2009, Jamie travelled the length and breadth of the country hunting out the best of the best – getting to the heart of great American food. We took some of the bits we knew you’d love and, low and behold, our little pop-up restaurant is still going strong four years later. Now it’s evolved into something bigger and better still with the launch of Jamie Oliver’s Diner in Gatwick’s South Terminal. A hub for excited travellers to come and tuck into some feel-good food before their flight.” The venue, which features comfy booths and stools at the bar, is located in the departures lounge next door to his other restaurant – Jamie’s Deli, which serves food-on-the-go to travellers.
Scottish hospitality group Manorview launches profit share scheme: Scottish hospitality group Manorview has launched a profit share scheme called the HeartCount Fund, which will allow its entire workforce to benefit. The group, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in June, comprises nearly 600 employees and managing director Steve Graham said the company had taken the opportunity to focus on people as it looked forward to its next stage of growth. Under the profit share scheme announced for the financial year to 31 March 2018, Manorview has committed to allocating 10% of its pre-tax profits to the HeartCount Fund. All employees who have worked for the group for a continuous period of 12 months will qualify for two profit share pay outs – one calculated on half-year profits and a further payment based on full-year results. The HeartCount Fund will be distributed in proportion to qualifying employee’s earnings. The first profit share payment will be made in January. The group’s expectation is there will be more than £200,000 in the HeartCount Fund to be distributed between qualifying employees. Graham said: “Our vision is for a strong, committed workforce, where we all feel part of the Manorview culture, live by its values, and where we work collectively towards the same goals and vision. Creating a happy and rewarding working environment for our people, will lead to increased levels of service and memorable experiences for the customers who visit us.” Manorview was founded by Graham in 2007, when he purchased The Commercial Hotel in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. The company has since grown to incorporate a total of 16 sites, comprising five pubs, two nightclubs and nine hotels. Total turnover for the year to 31 March 2016 for the entire group was £15.8m.
Bel-Air opens Leadenhall venue for third London site: Healthy fast food brand Bel-Air has opened its third London site. The new restaurant, which has 60 covers inside and 20 outside, has launched in the Leadenhall Building, aka the “Cheesegrater”, offering locally roasted Ozone coffee and in-house juices alongside the brand’s fresh seasonal breakfast and lunches. Set over two floors, this is the most ambitious project to date by Bel-Air, which launched as a takeaway-only store in Shoreditch in 2015 and opened its second store and first sit-down restaurant in Farringdon in January. At Bel-Air Leadenhall, customers see large salad, grilled meat, and fish displays as they enter the store. Salad boxes can be “pimped” with vegetarian and vegan options, while dishes “from the kitchen” include a beef taco bowl on a bed of green rice. The venue is open from 7am, with breakfast options such as open toast, porridge, and avocado bowls. Bel-Air has also introduced a “Palm Life” bar that offers cocktails and craft beer complemented by Californian snacks from 5pm. Food in the evening includes Los Angeles street food favourites tacos and hotdogs. The venue is available to hire for private events on evenings and weekends for up to 150 people. Bel-Air founder Andrew Bredon returned to the UK from Los Angeles with an ambition to bring a “slice of the Californian way of life to London”.
Dubai restaurant operator seeks market listing in London: A Dubai retail and restaurant operator has appointed bankers to seek a stock market listing in London, on a valuation of up to £100m. Ginza, the company behind Italian restaurant Serafina and a Real Madrid-themed restaurant as well as Middle Eastern branches of designers such as Herve Leger, is working with N+1 Singer on the plans, reports the Sunday Telegraph.
Burning Night Group opens fifth Potting Shed site, in former Northallerton hospital: Burning Night Group has opened a fifth site for its “truly home-grown Yorkshire brand” The Potting Shed, this time in Northallerton, near Thirsk. The new venue has opened in a former hospital in High Street following a multimillion-pound investment, creating 50 jobs. Rutson Hospital has been transformed into a garden-themed pub that specialises in craft beer, cocktails and artisan spirits, alongside homemade food. The venue features the brand’s quirky outdoors theme, with brightly coloured sheds in the garden offering private bench seating, and an indoor “lawn”. Closed as a hospital since 2008, Burning Night Group acquired the freehold of the building with the support of investment from Downing LLP. Potting Shed Trading chief executive Allan Harper said: “Our aim with the Potting Shed is to offer our customers something different – not just the best quality food and drink, but events and entertainment too.” The other Potting Sheds are in Beverley, Bingley, Guiseley and Leeds, while the company has signed to open a sixth site, in Harrogate.
Chopstix opens 70th site: Oriental brand Chopstix has opened its 70th site, at Midway in the south of Ireland. The venue also represents the brand’s tenth venture with Ireland motorway services operator Applegreen, further cementing the two-year partnership. Diners can enjoy freshly prepared and cooked chicken and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a choice of noodles or rice, all typically served in fewer than 60 seconds. Chief operating officer Max Hilton said: “There is undoubtedly much room for us to grow as a brand, and we intend to further build on our partnerships with Applegreen and other leading motorway services providers, to make Chopstix as visible on the nation’s roads as it is in the country’s high streets.” Now with 38 core and 32 franchised outlets, the new outlet is Chopstix’s 12th opening of 2017 and marks the continued expansion of the brand, which has doubled its number of venues in less than 18 months.
Antic opens second Crystal Palace pub: Antic, the Downing-backed London pub operator led by Antony Thomas, has opened a second site in Crystal Palace. The company has launched Walker Briggs in Westow Hill, just down the road from its Westow House venue. The south London site, billed as a cafe bar, offers a range of beer and real ale as well as Antic’s own cider – George Arthur – alongside cocktails and wine. The menu features British seasonal fare with a nod to familiar childhood favourites. Westow House acting general manager Chris Bray said there was room in Crystal Palace for two Antic venues. He told the Croydon Advertiser: “We always work together to offer a wide range of services to our customers. I think Crystal Palace is actually looking for more bars and restaurants.” Antic operates more than 40 sites including the Shelverdine Goathouse in South Norwood, which opened last September.
Warrens Bakery teams up with Costa franchisee in bid to launch into north of England: Cornwall-based baker Warrens Bakery has submitted plans to open its northern-most site, in Altrincham town centre. The company is looking to open a bakery in Cross Street that was occupied by another bakery chain, Greenhalgh’s, until its sudden closure in March following failure to agree a lease extension with landlords the Stamford Quarter, Altrincham Today reports. Warrens has teamed up with Sim Trava, the Altrincham-based franchisee behind numerous Costa Coffee branches across the north of England, to submit the application. Warrens, which opened its first store in St Just in 1860, operates more than 50 stores across Cornwall, Somerset, Devon and Bristol. Earlier this year, the company said it was looking to double its estate in the next five years through franchising as it opened its first West Midlands site, in Sutton Coldfield, in February. In May, Warrens chairman Mark Sullivan said the company had a pipeline of 100 stores, with 20 signed to open this year.
Nando’s to open second UK motorway services site: Nando’s is to open its second motorway services site in the UK. The company is opening the restaurant at Cobham Services, which is between junctions nine and ten of the M25 in Surrey. The venue, where diners will be able to sit down or take away, is due to open in the early autumn. A Nando’s spokesman told the Surrey Mirror: “We’re excited to be opening a new restaurant at Cobham Services and we’re looking forward to hosting and feeding visitors with peri-peri goodness very soon.” The service station, which is operated by Extra MSA, has more than 20 shops and restaurants including Greggs, McDonald’s and Harry Ramsden’s, which is owned by Boparan Restaurant Holdings. The other Nando’s service station site in the UK is on the M40 near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.
Chef and restaurateur James Cochran opens second London site: London-based chef and restaurateur James Cochran has opened his second site in the capital, this time at the Angel Central development in Islington. The 2,111 square foot venue offers a carefully curated modern British menu with produce sourced locally from English suppliers alongside wild foraged ingredients. The menu incorporates Cochran’s signature Caribbean jerk chicken, while the venue features an open plan kitchen, cocktail and wine bar, DJ booth and stage table. James Cochran N1 offers 60 covers inside and a further 20 on the terrace. Cochran opened his debut eponymous site at Bevis Marks in east London last year. He said: “This prime north London location is perfect for the next stage of our expansion. Angel Central offers a diverse and vibrant mix of retail and leisure and we are thrilled to share our food with the people of Islington.” The 150,000 square foot Angel Central is anchored by H&M, with Vue’s ten-screen cinema and the O2 Academy leading the leisure offer complemented by restaurants including Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Wagamama.
KFC signs up to open new-look store in Clerkenwell: KFC has signed up to open one of its new-look stores in Clerkenwell as it rolls-out the concept. The company has taken up the lease at 37 Farringdon Road from Tas Restaurant Grill in a deal brokered by agents CDG Leisure. The venue is close to Smithfield market and Farringdon train station. Emma Cousins, of CDG Leisure, said: “Getting the A5 planning wasn’t easy but we got there in the end and we are building a great relationship with the landlord. We are bidding on a few other units for KFC at present to expand its new fit-out concept.”
Greggs to rebrand pastry snacks as ‘bakes’: Greggs, which operates more than 1,800 retail bakeries in the UK, has said it will rebrand its pastry snacks as “bakes”. The company said all its products would remain the same but was making the change to “keep things simple” for customers. Until now, a variety of pastry products have been known as pasties, while other pasty snacks have been called bakes or lattices. Greggs said the name change would “bring the products together”. Commercial director Malcolm Copland told Chronicle Live: “With more than 1,800 shops and different names for similar products such as pasties, bakes and lattices, we have decided to align the names and call them bakes. We’re not changing the recipe – they’ll still taste the same, we’re just calling them bakes to help keep it simple for our customers.”
Exeter-based Novelty Bars to open ‘world’s first augmented reality pub’: Exeter-based Novelty Bars is opening a site in the city inspired by magical tales in what is believed to be the world’s first augmented reality pub. The company, which operates a number of pubs in Exeter, is launching the Cauldron Inn in Gandy Street on the former site of restaurant Cuba Cantina. The new venue, which opens on Friday, 25 August, will make full use of the building’s four floors and draw its inspiration from magical tales including Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. Gandy Street is widely rumoured to have been JK Rowling’s inspiration behind Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter books and films. The venue will feature moving paintings, floating candles, themed rooms, riddles, selfie mirrors, witches as waiters and even an escape room. A specially designed augmented reality app will have visitors solving escape room-styled clues to earn a discount off their food and drink. The food offer will include its signature dish The Cauldron Cob, featuring locally baked cob bread filled with fillings including steak and ale pie, mac ‘n’ cheese and three bean chilli. Drinks will feature wines, gin and ales alongside magically-themed cocktails and a range of spirits. A Novelty Bars spokesman told Devon Live: “It is amazing to open a bar with such a quirky and inspired theme. People love magic and we love people. It is the most exciting project we have worked on.”
Great British Menu finalist opens second Brighton restaurant: Michael Bremner, who was a finalist in the last series of the BBC’s Great British Menu, has opened his second restaurant in Brighton. Bremner, who runs acclaimed 64 Degrees in Meeting House Lane, has launched Murmur on the city’s seafront. The restaurant offers “healthy and honest food”, with the name inspired by the murmurations of starlings that fly around the nearby West Pier. Murmur has 37 covers inside and a further 40 covers on the terrace overlooking the beach, reports Hardens. It was the second year Bremner had competed in the hit television competition, making the finals both times.
M&B gets go-ahead for Miller & Carter site at Middlesbrough housing development: Mitchells & Butlers has been given the go-ahead to open a site for its steakhouse brand Miller & Carter, in Middlesbrough. The company has been granted permission by Middlesbrough Council for the restaurant at the Grey Towers development in the suburb of Nunthorpe. Mitchells & Butlers was granted permission in 2014 for a Vintage Inns pub within the housing development but has dropped those plans in favour of Miller & Carter, with the company on track to have about 100 sites for the brand by the end of the year. The new restaurant will be based close to the Poole roundabout, just off the A172, reports Gazette Live. The application stated: “The restaurant will provide the area with a community facility and an improved choice for a place to eat and drink in an area that is currently deficient in such an important community facility.”
Former Alexander McQueen director launches coffee shop and design concept TAB x TAB in west London: New coffee shop and design concept TAB x TAB has launched in Westbourne Grove, west London. The venue’s coffee is supplied by two roasteries – Ozone in Shoreditch and Netherlands-based Bocca – with the store’s MAVAM espresso machine, which sits beneath the counter, only the second in the UK. TAB x TAB also offers fresh pastries, cakes and light bites. The concept is the brainchild of former Alexander McQueen global retail director Mathew Tabatabai, who will use his skills to continuously redress the store’s interiors via a range of product and design collaborations. The store also sells coffee beans, homeware and gifts, including the first collaboration with London-based artist Kana of handcrafted ceramics that are also used in-store. Tabatabai said: “We have been on a real journey to create a space that encompasses our passions. Our love of quality coffee, delectable food and compelling conversation has led us to launching TAB x TAB as a lifestyle destination for like-minded people. By collaborating with incredible artists and designers to create bespoke items, our customers can leave with more than a coffee in their hand.”
Nottingham-based micro-brewery gets go-ahead to open second micro-pub: Nottingham-based micro-brewery Totally Brewed has been given the go-ahead to open its second micro-pub. The company, run by head brewer and managing director Rob Witt, has been granted permission by Nottingham City Council to convert the former Poseurs Party Costumes shop in Alfreton Road. Totally Brewed, whose micro-brewery is in the Meadow Lane area of Nottingham, also operates a micro-pub in Beeston, reports The Business Desk.
Leeds-based catering and hospitality company acquired out of administration: A catering and hospitality company than began life as a cafe in central Leeds has been acquired out of administration. Simon Plant and Daniel Plant from SFP were appointed as joint administrators of Fresh Hospitality on 1 August. Fresh Hospitality began trading as a cafe in Wellington Place in 2013 and had three premises in the city – a kitchen for food preparation work, office space and the cafe that was open to the public. The business turned over £1m in 2016, but the administrators said it ran into financial difficulty due to the loss of a major contract, and the ability to service its long-term debts while it also fell into arrears to HMRC. As a consequence, management attempted to enter into a formal arrangement with its creditors by proposing a Company Voluntary Arrangement offering a certain pence in the pound, although this was rejected by the crown. Upon further instruction of the director, the administrators took control of the business at the start of August. Following a review of the business, the joint administrators maintained trading for several days while they sought a buyer. Plant told Insider Media: “We are continuing investigations into the administration to ascertain what happened, but are happy that we have been able to sell the business in the meantime and protect the workforce.”
Huddersfield-based tapas bar to start expansion with second site: Huddersfield–based Jax Bar and Tapas is to start expansion by opening its second site in the West Yorkshire town. The company is opening the venue on Friday, 25 August in King Street in the former premises of Northern Taps, which closed suddenly in June. Jax Bar and Tapas serves meat platters with chorizo, serrano ham, smoked chicken and pickles plus risottos, venison meatballs and tandoori cod. The company’s other site is in Kiln Hill, reports the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
Market Town Taverns reopens Leeds city centre pub: Yorkshire-based Market Town Taverns has reopened its Veritas bar in Leeds city centre following an extensive refurbishment. The bar area has been extended and opened out to provide a “new relaxed and welcoming experience”. Veritas, which is in Great George Street, now offers a completely revised wine list, with grapes sourced from around the world. Market Town Taverns managing director Louise Middlemass said: “Veritas is our latest venue to receive a substantial investment as we continue to develop our pubs and bars across the north of England. As one of Leeds’ favourite upmarket venues, Veritas has been given the ‘treatment’. As with our other venues, we’ve paid particular attention to enhancing the daytime experience too. We’re extending our daytime dining on Saturday and Sundays while continuing to offer Melitta coffee and free super-fast Wi-Fi. It’s all about making Veritas a perfect hangout, day or night, right in the heart of Leeds”. Market Town Taverns operates 19 pubs in Yorkshire and the north west