The owners of Leicestershire restaurant Apurba have opened a second restaurant in Melton Mowbray. Abul Ashraf and Abul-Kalam Azad opened Purple Garlic today, eight years after opening their first Indian restaurant. The restaurant, which has been converted from a commercial space on Burton Street, and has created ten new […]
Jamie Oliver drops off Sunday Times Rich List 2018
The celebrity chef, whose net worth was estimated at £150m in the 2017 edition, is no longer ranked among the UK’s 1,000 richest people or families. It follows a difficult few months for Oliver’s UK restaurant group, which has closed 12 of its 37 Jamie’s Italian sites since January after posting £9.9m losses in the last financial year.
In April the chef’s Australian restaurant business was also sold to a new franchise partner after entering voluntary administration. Last month the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group announced a 10-year partnership with Aramark that will see it expand in to universities, workplaces and hospital catering in a bid to turn around its fortunes. Topping the overall Rich List was Jim Ratcliffe, who co-owns Home Grown Hotels – the company behind The Pig restaurants with rooms.
Restaurateur Tony Crolla awarded top Italian gong
Edinburgh restaurateur Tony Crolla has been named a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy – one of the highest civilian honours in Italy. Crolla (pictured left) owns the Vittoria Group in Edinburgh, and was recognised with the honour for his promotion of Italian food, drink, culture and heritage through his work with local communities and projects within hospitality.
He was awarded the honour on 9 May at Edinburgh’s Stockbridge Church by Italy’s ambassador to the UK, Raffaele Trombetta (pictured right), in the presence of Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs.
Bar 44 expands outside Wales to Bristol
The latest Bar 44, on Regent Street in Clifton Village, will offer a similar take on Spanish dining to the family-owned group’s three other sites in Cardiff, Cowbridge and Penarth. After a “complete redesign”, the new site will open in July.
The venue will offer seasonal dishes, made with both Spanish and British ingredients, and a Spanish drinks list, featuring rare sherries, gin tonicas, Spanish cocktails and Spanish wines.
Nearly £2m sought for Bank House hotel in King’s Lynn
Bank House, a boutique hotel in King’s Lynn, has gone on the market for £1.9m as the owners are looking to “semi-retire”. Anthony and Jeanette Goodrich have owned the riverside property for 10 years, converting it from a private house that offered some bed & breakfast rooms.The couple plan to focus on their other hospitality business, the Rose & Crown pub with rooms in nearby Snettisham, which was named Pub of the Year in the 2015 Good Pub Guide.
A point to prove: the future of till systems
As James Humble, sales director at Tevalis, puts it: “The point of sale no longer serves its purpose as just a traditional sales-data entry any more. It has been developed over time to now become a comprehensive tool, which enhances a business in many ways.
“With quick ordering functions, integrated payments and booking systems alongside bespoke functionalities and much more, hospitality teams can experience multiple benefits such as increased efficiency and customer satisfaction through faster speed of service. Alongside that, the back office on the point of sale has become so advanced that operators can control any aspect.
“Combined with a seamless integration with business-intelligence tools, the point of sale in itself has very much become an essential part of any hospitality led business and will continue to do so.”
There’s no doubt about it, EPoS needs to be constantly evolving to keep up with advances in technology and changes in consumer behaviour, so what are the key development areas for EPoS right now – and in the future?