McDonald’s pledges to offer 43,000 apprenticeships in Europe – including UK – as part of youth unemployment initiative: McDonald’s has pledged to offer 43,000 apprenticeships in Europe – including the UK – by 2025 as part of a new initiative to tackle youth employment. The company said the apprenticeships would be offered in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland, with the aim of expanding to other markets in Europe in the future. It is part of its Youth Opportunity initiative that aims to put a dent in the global youth unemployment rate. McDonald’s is kicking off the scheme by pledging $2m to projects in his home town of Chicago. Another $1m will be granted to Skills for Chicagoland’s Future to launch a new apprenticeship program with City Colleges of Chicago. If the approach is successful, the company said it would roll out similar plans in other cities in the US. starting from 2019. McDonald’s said it long-term effort is to improve employment prospects for two million young people by 2025. David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice-president and chief people officer, said: “Around the world, too many young people are finding, through no fault of their own, there are barriers to entry into the workplace. We believe this needs to change. That is why McDonald’s and participating franchisees are expanding our existing world-class workplace training and education programs to go beyond those that we hire. Together, we will leverage our scale for good and help these young people to develop the core workplace skills they need to get a job and the opportunities they need to kick-start their career and achieve their true potential – whether at McDonald’s or elsewhere.”
DHP Family appoints head of brand partnerships: Live music venue operator DHP Family has appointed Richie Deeney to the newly created role of head of brand partnerships. Deeney will work alongside managing director George Akins and director of live Anton Lockwood to deliver brand partnerships across its venues, festivals and live concerts. He has previously worked on music campaigns for brands such as Absolut Vodka and Adidas and with music artists including Badly Drawn Boy and Outkast. DHP Family currently operates eight venues across London, Nottingham and Bristol as well as outdoor festivals, national tours and standalone shows across the UK. His role will include taking responsibility for the full life cycle of the brand partnership, from concept to delivery; building strategic relationships with current and future partners and developing new business prospects. Deeney said: “The importance of music and brands working together has changed so much over the past decade, especially in the live industry. I have always held the strong belief that it’s how that partnership is executed in form of the idea and its content that is important.” Akins said: “We’ve recognised for some time the importance of brand partnerships, and we’re delighted to have now found the right person who can work with us to do it in a creative and forward thinking way.”
Macellaio RC secures fifth London site: Italian steak brand Macellaio RC has secured its fifth London site, in Bloomsbury. Founder Roberto Costa is opening the venue in Store Street this autumn. Once the Duke of Bedford’s filling station, the 1,447 square foot site with a 581 square foot forecourt and its distinctive mural has been secured on a 15-year lease following agreement with landlord The Bedford Estates. Costa said: “I fell in love with this venue and the Bloomsbury area at first sight. For me it’s an honour to be able to raise the curtain of our theatre in such a historical venue. As Italian artisans, we love the history behind this incredible building, one of the biggest petrol station in the 1920s, and we want to show it respect so it gives us the right motivation to do our very best.” Simon Elmer, steward of the London estate at The Bedford Estates, added: “Our focus is on attracting a quality mix of independent retail and dining to Bloomsbury. This part of London is renowned for its rich history, elegant period buildings and attractive garden squares. New additions, such as Macellaio RC, ensure we enhance the area as a place to live in, work in and visit.” Costa opened the first Macellaio RC in South Kensington in 2012, followed by Exmouth Market, Union Street and Clapham. In May this year, a site was opened in Milan.
Hakkasan accounts show $50.5m paid to unnamed director: Companies House accounts posted for Hakkasan show it paid $50.5m to one unnamed director in the year to June 2017. Payments to directors went up from a total of $2.2m in the previous period to a total of $54.4m with $50.5m going to just one person, the highest paid director. Turnover went down over the period by 7% to $313.6m. This compared with administrative expenses of $413.7m, resulting in an operating loss of more than $138m. Sales in the UK dropped by 11%, linked to a weak performance at HKK, which closed in October 2017. Sales were also down 4% at its flagship Omnia nightclub in Las Vegas. Adjusted Ebitda dropped to $2.2m compared with $18.7m in 2016. The company reported it has closed or is closing five restaurants in the period since the year-end.
Paddy & Scotts introduces staff company share scheme: Independent Suffolk coffee shop operator and wholesaler Paddy & Scott’s has introduced a company share scheme for all employees. The brainchild of brand director Jon Reed, the scheme offers staff the chance to become “equity partners”, allowing them a share in the business profits as well as taking a key role in the business strategy and development. Reed said: “Our team is Paddy & Scott’s heroes – developing new product ranges, delivering exceptional customer service and playing a key part in the business. We’re proudly investing in our employees as a way of rewarding them for their commitment while fuelling ambition for the future. Paddy & Scott’s is at the forefront of innovative business development – we’re a dynamic and inspirational team and it’s another strike for us in the worldwide coffee market.” Paddy & Scott’s business started from the boot of founder and chief executive Scott Russell’s car in 2007.
The Gresham Collective to open third Cork & Bottle, in Hampstead: The Gresham Collective is to open its third Cork & Bottle wine bar, in Hampstead. The company is opening the venue in Fleet Road next month after taking over the former The White Horse pub. It will feature more than 300 bottles of wine while there will also be an outside garden. The food will include its usual plates of cheese and charcuterie as well as its signature ham and cheese pie. There will also be a larger menu, which features dishes such as garlic stuffed snails and steak with Shropshire Blue butter and chips. Don Hewitson, the man who opened the first Cork & Bottle back in 1971, has passed the mantle on to The Gresham Collective owner Will Clayton, who told Hot Dinners he has “just the same philosophies” as Hewitson and is modernising the brand under Hewitson’s watchful eye. Cork & Bottle’s other sites are in Leicester Square and Paddington.
Chipotle staff to be tested quarterly on food safety: Chipotle employees are to be tested quarterly on food safety as staff across its US restaurants undergo retraining this week. The training programme comes as a response to health officials in Ohio identifying the cause of a foodborne illness outbreak stemming from a Chipotle restaurant in Powell, which sickened at least 647 people. Training is happening over the course of this week at various times to accommodate schedules, but most are happening before the restaurants open. No restaurants will be closed for the training. Beyond this week’s training programme, Chipotle said it plans to test employees regularly to ensure they have command of food safety protocols. A Chipotle spokeswoman told Nation’s Restaurant News: “We are retraining all employees on our top food safety protocols including proper hand washing, hot and cold temperature holding procedures, cooking and prep procedures. To ensure ongoing execution and compliance, we are adding to our daily food safety routines a reoccurring online knowledge assessment of our food safety standards. This will be done quarterly.” In 2016, Chipotle said it would “dramatically” increase the number, and intensity, of restaurant inspections after a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Among the new procedures was stepping up the number of restaurant inspections both by independent auditors and internal teams. The company also launched new handling procedures for produce, citrus and meats, and comprehensive hand washing protocols.
JD Wetherspoon to strictly apply ‘no dogs’ rule from next month: JD Wetherspoon is to enforce a ban on dogs in its premises from next month. Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Even well behaved dogs can be unpredictable and every dog owner thinks their dog is perfect. We welcome a lot of children and families at our restaurants. Younger children in particular can be unpredictable around dogs and many are scared of dogs. We serve a lot of food. Unfortunately not all owners are diligent over cleaning up dog mess.” The “no-dogs” policy notice reads: “Please note Wetherspoon has a policy of not allowing dogs in its pubs, including all outside areas. (assistance dogs excepted). This policy was introduced shortly after the company was founded in 1979, although in recent years we have allowed a few exceptions. After much consultation, we will now be strictly enforcing this policy everywhere. In order to give those affected time to adjust we have set a deadline of Monday, 10 September.”
City District Group to open fifth Fazenda, in Birmingham: City District Group is to open a site in Birmingham as the fifth venue for its Brazilian rodizio restaurant brand Fazenda. Founders Robert Melman and Tomas Maunier are opening the venue within the refurbished 55 Colmore Row in October. It has taken a unit on the corner of Church Street and Barwick Street at the back of the building, reports Birmingham Live. City District Group’s other Fazenda restaurants are in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, while it operates sister brand Picanha in Chester. Last month, the company launched Tast Cuina Catalana in Manchester in partnership with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Michelin-starred chef Paco Perez.
Kafoodle closes £500,000 seed-round funding for expansion and strengthens senior team: Labelling and allergen compliance expert Kafoodle has secured £500,000 seed-round funding for growth and expansion into other markets. The company, which was founded by experienced entrepreneur Kim Antoniou and hospitality expert Tarryn Gorre in 2014, specialises in food, allergen and nutrition management software for a variety of sectors, including hospitality. As a result of the fund round and to broaden its experience, Kafoodle has expanded its senior management team and board. Bill Alexander, chief executive of online gift experience retailer Redletterdays, has been appointed as non-executive chairman. Caroline Monkhouse Flower, ex-Deloitte management consultant and co-founder of food and nutrition consultancy Fig & Bloom, has been appointed as chief operating officer while Gorre has been appointed as chief executive. Gorre said: “We are delighted we have closed our seed fund round, our largest fund-raising to date. This will not only support our ambitions to grow, scale and innovate but will help us to deliver our vision – to improve health globally through transparency within food. I’m very excited for the future and have every confidence in our newly strengthened executive team and board.” Alexander added: “I’ve seen Kafoodle go from strength to strength over the past couple of years and felt it was the perfect time to get involved and provide my support and experience to the executive team and board. The Kafoodle team has both the passion and drive to make this opportunity an incredibly successful time for the business.” Monkhouse Flower said: “We are in a strong position and I’m looking forward to focusing on ensuring we have the right structure, team and processes to enable us to scale the business effectively over the coming year.”
Guy Ritchie buys London pub: Film director Guy Ritchie has bought a London pub. Ritchie is set to take over The Lukin in Conway Street, in Fitztrovia, which closed earlier this year but is currently being refurbished. The pub will be renamed The Lore of the Land, which is inspired by Ritchie’s own beer English Lore, which he makes at his Gritchie micro-brewery that is located in a converted barn on his own farm at Ashcombe House on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, reports the Evening Standard. Ritchie bought his first London pub, The Punch Bowl in Mayfair, in 2008 with his ex-wife Madonna but the Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director sold it in 2013. It was known for its traditional British menu.
Greene King launches vegan range at Hungry Horse pubs as part of new menu: Brewer and retailer Greene King has launched a vegan range at its Hungry Horse pubs nationwide as part of its new menu. The vegan range features seven plant-based dishes, including pub classic fish and chips, which is produced by VBites and is made of fish-free “fish” flakes, as well as a Bakewell tart that is served with vegan vanilla flavoured ice cream. Jason Radbourn, senior food development manager at Hungry Horse, said: “After listening intently to our customers’ feedback it came through loud and clear that we needed to experiment with our dishes to cater to a more broad range of diets. Working closely with our suppliers, we’ve not only introduced a number of new plant-based dishes, but we’ve also put a spin on some of the traditional pub classics we offer, such as fish and chips which is now available with vegan fish-free fillets and is already proving popular with our customers.”
New immersive cocktail bar concept to open in Fitzrovia next month: A new immersive cocktail bar concept is to open in Fitzrovia next month. Matthew Roberts and Elliot Davies are launching Genuine Liquorette inside a converted Victorian pub in Rathbone Place. The New York-inspired bar will offer an array of signature experiences aimed at breaking traditional cocktail norms by handing an element of control over to its guests – whether they’re creating their own cocktails to take home or partaking in cocktail masterclasses that grant them the privilege to tend the bar whenever they wish. Meanwhile, immersive bar areas tucked away in the “stockrooms” beyond will offer an array of experiences including an “All Stars” lineup of exclusive cocktails from well-known mixologists to Liquorette’s “Cha-Chunker” cocktails – a novel invention that uses a machine with a metal point to widen the hole of any canned drink so a miniature bottle of alcohol can then be inverted, resulting in a twist on the classic spirit and mix.
Farmer J to launch second City of London site next month: All-day market food concept Farmer J, which launched in Leadenhall in May 2016, will open a second site in the City of London next month. The new venue will open in King William Street on Monday, 3 September offering the brand’s signature “field trays”, which consist of a main course, grains or leaves, two sides and one of three sauces. Breakfast options will include salt beef hash browns and shakshuka alongside bagels, sourdough pastries and muffins from Fortitude Bakery plus speciality coffee, fresh juice and smoothies. Lunch will be cooked daily from scratch, with 90% of food made on-site. Field tray mains will include spiced rose harissa chicken and charred tofu steak with white miso, aubergine and ginger dressing. Evening dishes will include lamb shawarma alongside beer and kombucha on tap and cocktails. The decor will feature lime-washed brick and polished concrete walls offset by greenery, brass fittings and dark green leather and velvet seating. Farmer J founder Jonathan Recanati said: “It’s time for Farmer J to plough the next field so we’re looking forward to opening our new home at King William Street. Our ethos will remain the same – respecting our fantastic produce and cooking real food with sustainable, seasonal ingredients.”
Visitor management app launches new mobile function to streamline processes and enhance health and safety: Visitor management app Sign In has launched a new mobile function to streamline the management process and enhance health and safety. Companion is designed to work alongside the Sign In app solution to provide staff and visitor management functionality at their fingertips via a smartphone. The app provides users with instant access to three key elements – a personalised QR code for staff to quickly sign in and out of premises, the ability to pre-register visitors and perform fire/evacuation roll calls. Companion automatically generates a QR code when the app is downloaded and is immediately visible upon loading the app. This also makes it useful for regular visitors, such as contractors, as it negates the need for them to sign in as a guest each time they visit. The app also has the ability to generate a real-time evacuation roll call list that can be immediately viewed on a smartphone. The app also features a timer, which can be started once the fire alarm is sounded and as soon as the roll call is completed, a PDF report can be generated with a rundown of how long the evacuation took. Sign In App director Dan Harding said: “Staff and visitor management processes are often met with complacency, but when you factor in first impressions for guests, the overall experience for employees, as well as the crucial health and safety element, businesses need to reassess their strategy. Simple, affordable technology solutions can enable businesses to put appropriate safeguards and enhancements in place for a safer and more streamlined visitor and staff experience.”