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Operator growth could boost economy by £1.1bn

Three in five independent restaurant owners believe they will grow their business in the next five years, according to new research by Just Eat, which could boost the UK economy by £1.1bn.

Two new team members for Chrysalis Leisure

Chrysalis Leisure has made two new appointments before the launch of alpine-themed venue Antler in the former Fat Buddha site in Newcastle.

Meat-free burgers to overtake beef patties in 20 years

Two-thirds (64%) of Brits think that meat-free burgers will be more common than traditional meat burgers by 2038, rising to 71% of under 25s.

Casual Dining Group expands hotel franchise portfolio

Casual Dining Group (CDG) is growing its franchise portfolio in the UK after signing agreements to operate the food and beverage programmes at two UK hotels.

The Restaurant Group like-for-likes down 4.3%

Like-for-like sales for the 20 weeks ending 20 May 2018 fell 4.3% for The Restaurant Group, with total sales declining 3.1%.

Shaftesbury reports 20.8% profit increase

West End real estate investor Shaftesbury has reported a 20.8% profit after tax increase to £123.7m for the six months to 31 March 2018.

Chakra announces refurbishment and future expansion

Kensington Indian restaurant Chakra is undergoing a refurbishment, reopening on 1 June, and has announced plans to expand.

Carluccio's submits CVA proposal

Carluccio’s has launched a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposal, looking to confront the cost of the leasehold of its 103-strong estate.

The Stable makes charitable donations easier

The Stable has introduced the option to add a 25p digital charity donation when customers pay via the chip and PIN machine.

Native moves house

After three years in Covent Garden, Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis are moving Native to Flat Iron Square.

Barbecue aroma tempts customers to spend

The aroma of a barbecue would attract 77% of people to eat at a pub or restaurant if they were originally just planning to have a drink, according to new research by Bidfood.

wagamama opens first site in Sharjah

wagamama has opened a site in Sharjah, its first emirate site outside of Dubai, as part of its continued expansion in the UAE.

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