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Newswire - 26 April


Bars and restaurants sales outperforming pubs

Like-for-like sales reported in managed pubs were behind those in the managed bar and restaurant sector, figures have found. According to the latest Coffer CGA Business Tracker, bars was the strongest of the three sectors for March sales with like-for-like sales growth of 8% with restaurants showing 6% and pubs at 2% reports Morning Advertiser.

Tim Hortons to open first London restaurant in major expansion drive

Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons is to open its first London site later this year. It will launch a 4,209 sq ft location in Park Royal, west London. Tim Hortons launched its first UK restaurant in Glasgow in 2017 and now has more than 51 sites nationwide with flagship locations in Birmingham, Belfast, and Leicester, advises The Caterer. The group is aiming to double the size of its portfolio across the country, reaching around 100 restaurants, by the end of 2023.

Hospitality businesses urged to apply for overseas workers licence ahead of summer trade

Hospitality businesses are being encouraged to apply to the Home Office for a licence to employ overseas workers ahead of the busy summer season, advises Big Hospitality. Restaurants and hotels struggling to fill staff vacancies are being urged to use the UK's new immigration system to recruit from abroad, as the new regulations lower the threshold of the type of workers who can be employed.

Night time hospitality back to pre-pandemic levels

The average consumer spend, frequency and duration of nights out remains robust, according to new research that has looked into nightlife activity across the UK. Following the closure of nightclubs for 16 months during the Covid-19 pandemic, people are going out exactly as often as they did pre-pandemic advised Pub & Bar.

Puttstars to open fifth UK site in Peterborough shopping centre

Indoor mini-golf brand Puttstars will open its fifth location in a new leisure extension at Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough. The £2.5m, 20,000 sq ft venue will offer guests three nine-hole golf courses, designed for families and young adults. Puttstars Queensgate will also offer food, drinks, and arcade games, advises Property Week. The news follows the announcement of Empire Cinemas as the anchor tenant of the new leisure extension.

Nightcap announces first Blame Gloria opening outside London

Nightcap, the owner of The Cocktail Club, the Adventure Bar Group and the Barrio Familia group of bars, has announced another opening for the rapidly expanding group in the form of a Blame Gloria site, which sits under the Adventure Bar Group umbrella, for Bristol, reports Morning Advertiser.

And Finally...

A contemporary Latin American restaurant boasting mezcal-themed cocktails and live music is planning to open its second UK venue in Manchester. Set to open later this year, MNKY HSE has already made a name for itself in London and the Middle East reports Manchester Evening News.