Chef & Brewer launches new menu
Spirit owned mid-market pub brand, Chef & Brewer, has released an entirely new menu across its 130 outlet-strong estate. The menu includes a New Favourites section, for those looking to try something different, alongside pub classics and burgers.
The new menu also adds 20 gluten-free versions of classic dishes. The additions will better align Chef & Brewer’s offer with growing consumer interest in free-from foods, as well new regulatory pressures to include more detailed allergy information on menus.
PizzaExpress launches new menu on 50th anniversary
PizzaExpress is launching a new menu to celebrate 50 years in business. The menu will feature the new Romano65 range, which includes revamped versions of the American Hot, Magherita and La Reine pizzas.
The new menu will also have a renewed focus on lower calorie dishes, with the first PizzaExpress skinny pasta, at 525 calories, and a 210 calorie lemon dessert. PizzaExpress has also brought back The Pollo Salad by popular demand. The new additions will be welcomed by customers looking for lighter options as well as refreshed versions of old favourites.
iNTERTAIN prepares for growth following successful restructure
iNTERTAIN, the operator of Aussie themed bar Walkabout, has told Allegra Foodservice’s sister company, M&C Report, that the Walkabout brand is poised for growth. The 22-strong brand is now actively looking for more sites, with further expansion in the South East the main priority.
Walkabout plans to shift towards an all-day dining offer, with a new breakfast menu being considered for the near future. Food currently only accounts for a small percentage of total sales, however, daytime trade is increasing significantly across the estate. The move to an all-day offer would bring the brand into competition with the likes of Wetherspoon and Loungers. Allegra Foodservice’s latest report on the Pub market highlighted the hybrid pub model, which embraces all-day trading, as a key growth area in the future.
Gondola Group renamed Azzurri Group
Gondola Group, which operates Italian chains Zizzi and ASK Italian, has been renamed Azzuri Group. The rename follows the 18 month break-up of the group, with the sale of PizzaExpress and Byron. Private equity backers, Bridgepoint Capital, acquired ASK Italian and Zizzi for c£250m last December.
Azzurri Group will comprise of the remaining Gondola Group brands, ASK Italian and Zizzi, which operate a combined 247 restaurants across the UK. Stephen Holmes will head Azzurri Group as chief executive, with Harvey Smyth as non-executive chairman. The renaming of Gondola Group follows the recent name change of Tragus Group, which became the Casual Dining Group in early March 2015.
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