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Newswire - 20 April

Newswire - 20 April

This week in Newswire: Drink sales rocket on hospitality's first day of trading, Leon: Billionaire Issa brothers buy fast food chain, 'Not the time' for mandatory calorie labels on pints, Hawthorn looks to IPO as a standalone business, Loungers to open four more venues in "tenant-friendly environment" post lockdown, Britons' Just Eat orders nearly double in Covid lockdown, Yo! Sushi eyes listing as it shifts focus to US and shops and finally he re-opening of pubs with outdoor space has led to the emergence of a new trend - the "pub hood". According to ITV online, the online home shop OHS has seen sales of hoodie blankets rise 781% compared with last year. The 'pub hood' hoodie blanket is an oversized hoodie sweatshirt usually made with fleece type material. There is now a camouflage version being marketed as "for those who can only get a weekday pub garden booking and want to avoid being spotted by the boss". Some may prefer never to be spotted wearing one - in any circumstances.

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20 April 2021 Newswire Topics: Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 13 April

Newswire - 13 April

This week in Newswire: Covid lockdown eases: 'Sense of celebration' as pubs and shops reopen, government launches call for evidence to assess progress of commercial rent negotiations, 'Incidental' live music permitted in reopened pub gardens, government 'stalling tactics' fail as Sacha Lord's High Court case expediated, Bad Axe Throwing to open second UK site, at Boxpark Croydon, Snow Centres Group snaps up Chill Factore, Fazenda Birmingham to reopen after deal struck with landlord and finally "Duke of Edinburgh" pubs are unable to give Prince Philip proper send off.

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13 April 2021 Newswire Topics: Leisure & Nightclubs , Pubs & Bars , Rental , Restaurants

Newswire - 7 April

Newswire - 7 April

This week in Newswire: Prime minister confirms 12 April outdoor hospitality reopening, JD Wetherspoon to create 2,000 jobs with post-lockdown investment, board Changes at JW Lees, pubs veteran Anand poised to toast maiden RedCat acquisition, 13 community-owned pubs opened in 2020, Fuller's gears up for reopening with share placing, Byron set to open its first new site for five years and finally a former international poker star has bought a long-vacant pub - where he plans to work behind the bar.

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07 April 2021 Newswire Topics: Hotels & Guest Houses , Investments , Leisure & Nightclubs , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 30 March

Newswire - 30 March

This week in Newswire: Greene King in discussions with landlords on Loch Fyne estate, Ei Publican Partnerships support extends to June, Oakman Group grows its bedroom footprint with acquisition of Woburn Hotel lease, Carlsberg to make WWF donation per on-trade pint sold, The Inn Collection Group shores up prime waterfront Lakes purchase, Away Resorts acquires St Ives holiday park for eighth site, Covid-19: Pubs could require vaccine passports - Boris Johnson and finally Heineken UK's Manchester brewery is using millions of pints of beer - which was unable to be sold with the COVID-19 closure.

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30 March 2021 Newswire Topics: Finance , Hotels & Guest Houses , Leisure & Nightclubs , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 23 March

Newswire - 23 March

This week in Newswire: Pub companies review late-night working practices following Sarah Everard's death, plain clothes police officers could patrol bars and nightclubs to help protect women, Stonegate hit by £746m loss on back of pandemic-led pub closures, Marston's to reopen almost 700 pubs with gardens in England from April 12th, £8.2bn wiped from the pub sector in beer sales alone in "year to forget for pubs", Five Guys 'to launch first UK drive-thru sites this summer', show will go on at Cafe de Paris, Wetherspoon's hit by £68m loss as boss hits out at Covid controls and finally Liverpool will be part of a pilot scheme to test crowd safety before lockdown rules ease later this year.

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23 March 2021 Newswire Topics: Investments , Leisure & Nightclubs , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 16 March

Newswire - 16 March

This week in Newswire: Oakman Inns acquires six former Seafood Pub Company sites, Marston's CEO Ralph Findlay to step down, Wetherspoon, Loungers, Oakman Group and Drake & Morgan join the BBPA, The Restaurant Group eyes growth in pubs and Wagamama as it raises £175m, Curzon to open cinema at Hawley Wharf development in Camden, Soho House 'exploring seriously' a New York float, plans 20 more clubs, beer gardens sold out for months as English pubs count the days to April reopening, customers may be forced to pay before they drink when pubs and restaurants reopen and finally 4 former Hawkshead Brewery employees have unveiled their new business venture.

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16 March 2021 Newswire Topics: Development & Alternative Use , Leisure & Nightclubs , London , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 9 March

Newswire - 9 March

This week in Newswire: Business rates holiday and VAT cut extended as Chancellor unveils Budget, pubs to receive grants of up to £18k, The Zetter Group sold to Orca Holding for undisclosed sum, Budweiser to expand Wales and Lancashire breweries, Wetherspoon to open 394 pubs in April, communities can bid for £250k to save local pub, new burger restaurant Fat Hippo set to open in Liverpool and finally England's pubs have been deluged by people eager to book space from when beer gardens reopen on 12 April.

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09 March 2021 Newswire Topics: Liverpool , Manchester , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 2 March

Newswire - 2 March

This week in Newswire: Pubs will reopen outdoors first with full reopening from 17 May, Rishi Sunak hints at furlough extension but says he must 'level' with public over pandemic toll, Crafty plan to cut beer duty and lure drinkers back to the pub, adventure park Ninja Warrior UK to open ninth site in autumn, TRG increases banking facilities and slashes executive pay, Whitbread prepares to open five seaside hotels as it readies for expected staycation boom, RBH takes over management of four Fragrance Group hotels, 3 in 5 pubs unlikely to reopen in April and finally Downing Street has said pubs can serve takeaway drinks from 12 April in a move the hospitality industry hailed as "vital" to the sector's survival.

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02 March 2021 Newswire Topics: Hotels & Guest Houses , Leisure & Nightclubs , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 23 February

Newswire - 23 February

This week in Newswire: Cashless tipping system Tipjar cleared for use by HMRC, Deliveroo pencils in 8 March to unveil float, Red Oak acquires 10 pub package from Wells & Co, Mitchells and Butlers' top shareholders unite in £350 million raise for pub chain, Mayor announces £5m plan to support safe reopening of central London hospitality, Asda brothers make new bid to seize control of Caffe Nero, German Doner Kebab eyes 1,800 new jobs in expansion plan, 33 English independent cinemas to benefit from £5m government support and finally model Jodie Kidd has implored Chancellor Rishi Sunak to slash beer duty in the Budget next month.

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23 February 2021 Newswire Topics: Leisure & Nightclubs , London , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants

Newswire - 16 February

Newswire - 16 February

This week in Newswire: Cain International acquires Prezzo, Heineken to cut 8,000 staff worldwide as pandemic hits sales, former NWTC boss appointed at RedCat Pub Company, Luke Johnson lines up acquisition of Chapel Down beer business, successful South East pub operator Revived Inns takes new lease, Coconut Tree takes former Koh Thai site in Bath, Mellors Group buys Skegness Pier for £3m, Imbiba invests in retro-arcade bar concept and finally dating expert Karen Mooney believes that pubs and bars will catch post-lockdown singles on the rebound.

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16 February 2021 Newswire Topics: Bath , Birmingham , Bristol , Investments , Leeds , Liverpool , Manchester , Pubs & Bars , Restaurants , Scotland , Sold