Austarlian all-day restaurant Milk Beach Soho

Austarlian all-day restaurant Milk Beach Soho

What: ​The second site for modern Australian all-day dining brand Milk Beach following on from the success of its debut restaurant in London’s Queen’s Park. Who:​ Milk Beach’s founder is Sydney-born Elliot Milne who had a background in law, finance and energy prior to entering the world of restaurants. Before moving to London, Milne lived … Read more

Ramen restaurant group Kanada-Ya Ealing to open at the end of the month

Ramen restaurant group Kanada-Ya Ealing to open at the end of the month

Kanada-Ya Ealing will launch on 30 September and will be located on New Broadway within the Filmworks development. The new opening will be the brand ’s first site within a purpose-built development. The 1,571sq ft restaurant will have space for 60 covers with 14 additional spaces outside, and will feature an open plan kitchen. It will open … Read more

Boparan Restaurant Group, Itsu, Patty & Bun, Hoppers and Coco di Mama to speak at The Omnichannel Foodservice Conference

Boparan Restaurant Group, Itsu, Patty & Bun, Hoppers and Coco di Mama to speak at The Omnichannel Foodservice Conference

Itsu UK CEO Ganan Kanagathurai will discuss how the Asian-inspired restaurant group has been at the forefront of expanding into new sales channels, from mobile and kiosk ordering, to delivery, e-commerce and retail, with Itsu Grocery now being a £50m business. He will talk about moving quickly on digital channels, bringing data together on Itsu’s … Read more

James Brown on his Cycene restaurant in Shoreditch

James Brown on his Cycene restaurant in Shoreditch

Blue Mountain School’s restaurant relaunches next month with a new identity.​ Did you ever consider keeping the name ​Maõs​?​Yes we did. Maõs had a great reputation and we did of course have a Michelin star. But both Theo (Clench, Cycene’s chef) and I felt that a fresh start would be better. We both have big … Read more

Adult-only immersive fairground concept Fairgame to launch at London’s Canary Wharf

Adult-only immersive fairground concept Fairgame to launch at London’s Canary Wharf

Set to open its doors on 4 October, Fairgame’s launch follows four years of development and will feature redesigned versions of games including whac-a-mole; roll-a-ball derby; duck shoot; and water gun clown. Every game will be hooked up to RFID wristband tech so that players can log scores, track leader boards, and battle it out to … Read more

Döner Shack lines up first London opening with wider plans for rollout in the capital

Döner Shack lines up first London opening with wider plans for rollout in the capital

Spread across two floors, the 3,000sq ft site is located on Baker Street and will hold 40 covers inside with a further eight seats available outside.  It will join Döner Shack’s already existing sites in Leeds, Manchester and Leicester.  With a 15-year lease on the property, the brand is now developing its first innovation store with ‘state-of-the-art … Read more

D&D London closes Aster after five years

D&D London closes Aster after five years

The restaurant group says it is considering on reopening the Nordic-inspired restaurant in a more suitable place and that all staff at Aster have been redeployed to other D&D venues in London, which include Angler, German Gymnasium, Haugen and Le Pont de la Tour. “Aster is a lovely restaurant and has developed a loyal following … Read more

Honest Burgers to convert V Honest site back to core concept after just six months

Honest Burgers to convert V Honest site back to core concept after just six months

In an email to customers, the group said it was turning the Garrick Street restaurant back to a classic Honest Burgers restaurant in July in order to offer ‘a broader range of Honest classics as well as your vegetarian and vegan favourites’. “Honest Burgers Leicester Square will – as usual – feature our classic Honest beef, chicken, veggie and vegan burgers plus … Read more

Patricia Michelson founder of cheese-focused retailer and café La Fromagerie in London Highbury Marylebone Bloomsbury

Patricia Michelson founder of cheese-focused retailer and café La Fromagerie in London Highbury Marylebone Bloomsbury

Why restaurants?​Well, not quite ‘why restaurants’, as La Fromagerie is a retail food business, but I always had a burning ambition to be able to serve food from our own kitchen into an eating area within the shop to showcase the produce and what you could do with it. If you were enjoying the food … Read more

Baton Berisha named D&D London managing director

Baton Berisha named D&D London managing director

He will join the restaurant group on 3 May and will work closely with D&D founders Des Gunewardena and David Loewi on all aspects of managing the group’s restaurants. Berisha is no stranger to D&D’s restaurants, having worked in a number of the group’s sites years ago. “This is an important appointment for D&D and … Read more