Timothy Taylor reports turnover boost: Keighley-based brewer Timothy Taylor has reported a turnover boost helped by a beer launch and the acquisition of a hotel and restaurant in Harrogate. Turnover increased 2% to £22,187,485 for the year ending 30 September 2017, compared with £21,637,292 the year before. Pre-tax profit fell 1.5% to £2,742,083 compared with £2,782,510 the previous year, according to accounts filed at Companies House. In their report accompanying the accounts, the directors stated: “Demand for our beers remains strong, with draught sales showing a like-for-like increase over last year of 2.8% boosted by the successful introduction of the first new permanent beer since Landlord – Knowle Spring Blonde. Boltmaker remains in high demand, selling more than in the year following its success as Champion Beer of Britain in 2014, and sales of Landlord remain strong, with customers prepared to pay the price premium the beer warrants. During the year we acquired the Harrogate Brasserie, a family-owned restaurant and hotel business that has successfully traded from its Cheltenham Parade address for the past 27 years. We believe our beer and an enhanced drinks offer will be the perfect accompaniment to the high-quality food and entertainment for which the venue is already renowned, making it an even more attractive destination not only for locals but for the many leisure and business customers already drawn to its individual character rooms. The Woolly Sheep in Skipton and the Lord Rodney in Keighley both remain popular destinations. Capital investment in the year was £0.8m, which included a refurbishment of the Boltmaker’s Arms in Keighley and improvements to the quality and consistency of our draught beer.”
Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020 as it introduces new lids:Starbucks will phase out plastic straws from all its stores in the world by 2020. The company said the change would help it eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year. To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them to ones featuring a raised lip customers can drink from. Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids but feature straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions. Some Starbucks drinks, such as cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids. Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this autumn starting with stores in Vancouver and Seattle. Chief executive Kevin Johnson called the move from plastic straws a “significant milestone” in the company’s sustainability efforts. Starbucks had already committed $10m to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.
The Naked Deli to make airport debut as it plots wider UK expansion:Newcastle-based The Naked Deli is to open its debut airport site as it plots wider UK expansion. The company, which offers a “health-conscious and clean-eating dining experience with a range of gluten and dairy-free, vegan and paleo dishes”, is launching at Newcastle International airport. The Naked Deli opened its first site in Heaton in 2014 and reached capacity in the first week, leading to a second opening in Gosforth. It has since added an outlet at Fenwick’s Food Hall in Newcastle. The Naked Deli director Kirstie Kimmins said: “Our new The Naked Deli outlet at the airport will enable us to reach not only those who know and love our brand already but those who have come from afar to travel through the airport. This is the first step in us being able to expand into the wider UK market – and who knows where from there!” Dean Ward, head of commercial at Newcastle International airport, added: “It is really important we offer something for everyone here at Newcastle International. With more and more of our customers becoming increasingly health conscious, I’m confident The Naked Deli will go down a treat. Everyone here at the airport is very excited for the opening.” Last month, The Naked Deli received £2.5m of growth capital from independent infrastructure, private equity and investment manager Foresight Group. As part of the investment, John Upton joined The Naked Deli as chairman. He is former managing director of healthy fast food brand Leon and a member of the senior team at McDonald’s UK.
Loungers acquires former Prezzo site in Tewkesbury: Cafe bar group Loungers, which is backed by Lion Capital, has added to its presence in Gloucestershire after acquiring a former Prezzo site in Tewkesbury. The unit in Church Street has been empty for several months after Prezzo closed its restaurant after the company entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement. A Loungers spokesman confirmed the plans to Gloucestershire Live, with the site set to be home to its Lounges brand. Loungers, which also operates Cosy Club, has two other Lounges in Gloucestershire – Curio Lounge in Stroud and Portivo Lounge in Gloucester Quays. Last month, Loungers chief executive Nick Collins told Propel the struggles of retailers rather than restaurants were providing opportunities to build its pipeline. The company currently operates 127 venues under the Lounge and Cosy Club brands and is on track to reach 140 sites by the end of 2018. Loungers was founded by friends Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop in 2002.
Revolution Bars Group to open third Glasgow site: Revolution Bars Group, operator of 74 premium bars trading under the Revolution and Revolución de Cuba brands, is to open its third Glasgow site. The company is converting the former Tunnel nightclub in Mitchell Street into its second Revolution venue. The group currently operates a Revolution and a Revolución de Cuba in Renfield Street. An opening date for the new bar has yet to be set. The company states on its website: “We will soon be turning it up in Merchant City in Mitchell Street – less than a three-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station. We’ll be doing what we do best – bringing the finest cocktails and tasty food plus late nights you wouldn’t believe. People of Glasgow, it’s you that make this incredible place and now we’re bringing you the perfect new spot to party.” The company opened its 16th Revolucion de Cuba site, in Newcastle on Friday, 6 July – its 74th site in total.
Evuna eyes Altrincham for fourth site: Evuna, the Manchester-based Spanish wine bar and restaurant, is eyeing a site in Altrincham for its fourth venue. Founded by mother and daughter Frances and Jane Dowler, the company has applied to Trafford Council for an alcohol licence for the former EAT:kaizen site in Stamford New Road. Evuna started as a fine wine house importing Spanish wine from boutique vineyards before opening its debut restaurant in Deansgate, Manchester, in November 2003. A second restaurant followed in the city’s Northern Quarter in 2013 and the Dowlers added a site in Knutsford in October last year. They hope to open their latest venue in November. Jane Dowler told Altrincham Today: “We think it is a great central location in vibrant Altrincham and we are excited to open our fourth Evuna as we approach our 15th birthday. The site is the perfect size for Evuna and will house a long tapas bar seating 24 and 50 restaurant covers and 20 outside on the terrace. We plan to turn the building into a rustic vibrant Evuna in the style of recently opened Evuna Knutsford.”
Green & Fortune to invest £1.5m in Rotunda refurbishment: London-based independent hospitality company Green & Fortune is to close its Rotunda restaurant in King’s Cross for a £1.5m-plus revamp. Owner John Nugent will shut the York Way venue, which opened a decade ago, on Friday, 27 July and reopen it in mid-September. The biggest change will be moving the kitchen from downstairs into the restaurant and opening it up. Nugent will also add in a large meat-ageing cabinet, a chef’s counter, and a semi-enclosed terrace space with heaters for year-round dining overlooking the canal. Nugent told Hot Dinners: “So much has changed in King’s Cross in recent years and I am very proud we were the early adopters of the area. Ten years into any business is a time for reflection and future planning. All our spaces at Kings Place will be transformed, with new menus and drinks offerings.”
Bundobust to launch in Liverpool: Indian restaurant Bundobust is on course to open its first branch in Liverpool after being given permission to convert a city centre venue. The restaurant, which started life in Leeds, has become known for its vegetarian Indian food and large craft ale range. Following a Yorkshire launch in 2014, founders Mayur Patel and Marko Husak opened a much larger restaurant in Manchester little more than 18 months ago, with Liverpool set to be its third location. The restaurant will be based in the vacant first floor of a Bold Street building opposite The Crafty Chandler pub. According to its website, the food at Bundobust is “inspired by the vibrant and varied street food of India, especially from our spiritual home of Gujurat”. Menus are split into sections – munch, additionals, sweets, combos and beer snacks. When the restaurant opens in Bold Street it will be a neighbour to Mowgli, the Indian street food brand that launched in 2014 before opening a restaurant in Manchester. It now has restaurants in Birmingham and Oxford, with an opening in Nottingham set for this summer.
Entrepreneur Tim Chew to open third Devon site: Entrepreneur Tim Chew is to open his third site in Seaton, Devon. The Old Picturehouse will open in Harbour Road. One half of the site will be used as a restaurant and bar, with the other half available for hire. Rhiannon Evans, marketing and events manager at The Old Picturehouse, said: “It is completely what Seaton needs. It’s going to be a really cool atmosphere where people can relax, especially during the summer.” Tim Chew’s other businesses in Seaton are The Royal Clarence and the Munch 2 Go cafe.
Lymestone Brewery closes ‘unviable’ Leek pub: Staffordshire-based Lymestone Brewery has closed its pub in Leek just over a year after opening it. The company, which also runs The Lymestone Vaults in Newcastle and The Borehole in Stone, has shut The Quiet Woman having acquired the site in February last year. Lymestone Brewery opened the pub just over 12 months ago after refurbishing the grade II-listed building in St Edward Street. Managing director Ian Bradford told the Stoke Sentinel: “Our pubs in Stone and Newcastle are thriving and we hoped to do the same with The Quiet Woman. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to make it work and we’re incredibly disappointed. We are a family business and we put our heart and soul into making our businesses successful. But what has worked so well for us at The Borehole and Lymestone Vaults just didn’t seem to work in Leek and we’ve not been able to attract the footfall needed to make it viable. It is business as usual at The Borehole and Lymestone Vaults, which continue to go from strength to strength, and at the brewery, where we’re on course for a record-breaking year of production in our tenth-anniversary year.”
Franco Manca to continue regional expansion with Cambridge opening this week: Pizza brand Franco Manca, which is owned by Fulham Shore, will continue its regional expansion by opening a site in Cambridge this week. The company will open the site on Wednesday (11 July) in Market Hill at a former West Cornwall Pasty Co shop that has been empty for more than three years, reports the Cambridge News. Franco Manca currently operates 42 sites in the UK along with a franchised site in Salina, Italy. Earlier this year it opened a site at a former Grillstock restaurant in Bath.
East Yorkshire-based Indian restaurant to open second site: East Yorkshire-based Indian restaurant Sonali Spice is to open its second site, in Beverley. Owner Mohammed Hussain has been operating in Horsea for 17 years. Now he is preparing to open a restaurant in early August at a first-floor property in New Walkergate, Beverley, which became vacant following the closure of Rumi’s, which went into liquidation in March. The new restaurant will have a capacity for about 90 diners. Hussain told BDaily: “I have wanted to open a restaurant in Beverley for a long time because it is a busy town and we already have customers who live in the area. This is a nice, big building in an ideal location.” Alan Kirkman, joint owner of the property, added: “We are delighted to have signed a lease with Mr Hussain, who has been running a highly regarded restaurant for a long time. I’ve seen very good reports about the food and service at his restaurant in Hornsea and I’m looking forward to him opening here, with diners able to enjoy stunning views across the rooftops towards St Mary’s Church.”
Rugby-based operators open second site: Rugby-based operators Antonio Catalano and Marcello Magaldi have opened their second site in the Warwickshire town. Catalano and Magaldi, who own the Maia Gelato shop, have launched Maia Cafe at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in Little Elborow Street. Magaldi told the Rugby Advertiser the success of Maia Gelato, which serves traditional Italian ice cream, inspired the decision to expand the Maia brand. Maia Gelato opened in High Street last year.
YouTube star to launch vegan burger restaurant in Liverpool: YouTube and Instagram star Monami Frost is to open a vegan burger restaurant in Liverpool. The Latvian, who is known for her heavily tattooed look, announced her latest business development on YouTube. She said: “I am so excited to finally announce the biggest, most craziest news. For the past year I have been working hard on opening a burger place. Frost Burgers is coming to Liverpool.” She added she had no company backing and the project was completely funded by herself and her friends, reports the Liverpool Echo. Full details are being kept a secret until further notice. Frost said: “I can’t wait to have you guys here and try my kind of food and be a part of my family because this is going to be my second home. It has been a dream come true to make it the way we want to make it.”
Evesham-based operator submits plans for second site: Evesham-based operator Steve Richford has lodged plans for his second site in the Worcestershire town. Richford has applied to Wychavon District Council to launch wine bar Unwined at a vacant unit in Market Place. He told the Evesham Journal: “It will feature wine from different countries. I hope people will see it as a nice place to go, a bit similar to Veeno in Stratford. It fits the vibe in Market Place as a continental cafe and bar. There will be about 40 gins, malt whisky and vodka as well as other spirits.” Richford also owns The Valkyrie Bar in Market Square, which opened last year.
Carousel launches creative hub in London’s West End: Creative hub Carousel has launched a flagship site in London’s West End, at Seven Dials. The venue has opened at a 2,000 square foot site in Shorts Gardens. Family-run Carousel launched in Marylebone in 2014 as a permanent home for creative production company Shuttlecock, with the creative hub hosting a revolving programme of press events, brand activations, parties, chef collaborations, workshops and art exhibitions. The venue – Carousel: Seven Dials – is split over two floors and combines exposed brickwork with plain white walls and raw concrete. Carousel co-founder Ed Templeton said: “Seven Dials’ vibrant central London neighbourhood is the perfect location for Carousel’s next site. We are delighted to become part of such an attractive, creative area and look forward to helping the exciting brands we work with make some serious noise.” Sam Bain-Mollison, head of retail at landlord Shaftesbury, added: “The addition of Carousel will bring a vast range of creative activities, shows, events and installations on top of the existing offer.” JLL and Nash Bond represented Shaftesbury, while Carousel dealt direct