Business Profile

Core principles: Richard and Nikki Cooper are enjoying the fruits of their labour

Business Profile: The Stable

By Joe Lutrario

A Dorset-born British pizza and cider brand has its sights on the capital – and to fill the gap left by Union Jacks’ departure. Founder Nikki Cooper spills the tomato sauce.

Pizza Hut chief executive Jens Hofma, who has been with the company since 2009. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Pizza Hut

By Joe Lutrario

One of the UK's biggest restaurant brands may have had a tricky few years, but a huge investment will increase Pizza Hut's chances in the ultra-competitive pizza space.

Joint Bill's managing directors Scott Macdonald and Roberto Moretti. Photos: John Carey

Business Profile: Bill's

By Joe Lutrario

With a combination of smart management and Richard Caring’s backing, Bill’s has made the jump from fledging concept to major national player in record time.

Will Beckett (left) and Huw Gott of Hawksmoor

Business Profile: Hawksmoor

By Stefan Chomka

Hawksmoor founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott's unconventional approach has resulted in one of the industry's big success stories - but things weren't always so rosy. 

Phil Sermon, UK managing director at Vapiano, which only takes very large sites. Photos: John Carey

Business Profile: Vapiano

By Joe Lutrario

Despite a slow start on these shores, German-owned restaurant group Vapiano aims to become a key player in the UK's hugely competitive pizza-pasta market.

Goodman directors George Bukhov (left) and David Strauss outside Burger & Lobster. Photo: Rob Lawson.

Business Profile: Goodman Restaurants

By Stefan Chomka

Goodman Restaurants broke the mould with the launch of Burger & Lobster in 2011, but there’s plenty more unconventional concepts still in the pipeline, as directors George Bukhov and David Strauss reveal.

La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround of the Spanish casual-dining chain. Photo: Mat Quake

Business Profile: La Tasca

By Mel Flaherty

Having shed a number of under-performing sites, La Tasca chief executive Simon Wilkinson is quietly masterminding a turnaround at the Spanish casual-dining chain.

Patty in his hands: Alasdair Murdoch is confident about the bun fight ahead. Photo: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Gourmet Burger Kitchen

By Joe Lutrario

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has grown to become the UK’s biggest premium patty purveyor, but a host of new players are threatening to shake up the market. 

Morgan Davies, co-founder of Barburrito, believes his business is in a strong position to take London by storm. Photographs: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Barburrito

By Stefan Chomka

After starting the UK burrito boom up north, Barburrito co-founder Morgan Davies is targeting London. He told Restaurant magazine's Stefan Chomka why he believes he’s in a strong position to take it by storm.

Dong Hyun Kim, the man behind Wasabi and Kimchee

Business Profile: Kimchee

By Joe Lutrario

After the phenomenal success of Holborn’s Kimchee restaurant, Wasabi owner Dong Hyun Kim is bringing Korean food to the masses with an A1 Kimchee To Go format. 

Brindisa founder Monika Linton with finance director Ratnesh Bagdai. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Brindisa

By Joe Lutrario

Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group. 

Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers. Photos: Mat Quake

Business Profile: Wahaca

By Stefan Chomka

Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

Steve Holmes, managing director of Ask Italian, talked to Restaurant magazine about the rollout of the concept's new restaurant branding, design and menu - photo credit John Carey

Ask Italian: Business Profile

By William Drew

The competition may be fierce and its rivals more fashionable, but Steve Holmes has taken to the tough job of revitalising mainstream chain Ask Italian with gusto.

Ed's Easy Diner's US diner look

Business Profile: Ed's Easy Diner

By Joe Lutrario

Now 25 years old, Ed’s Easy Diner has never looked better, with strong like-for-likes and a shopping centre-focused expansion plan that is set to take it into the big league.

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