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Reimagining European restaurants for the new normal – report

To win in the next normal, European restaurants will need to embrace innovation in their channel strategy, menu offerings, and business model. Six months into the COVID-19 crisis, European restaurants are reopening amid challenging conditions such as infection waves, mandated reductions in seating capacity, and consumer safety concerns. One thing is certain—the market will not go back to how it was before the pandemic. Already, we’re seeing consumer preferences and behaviors change. Consumers are showing greater focus on value-for-money and more interest in restaurants that offer healthy food options. And while…

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CGI artist impression of proposed leisure complex

Colchester: plans submitted for £50M cinema and leisure complex

PLANS for a long-awaited £50 million cinema and leisure complex have been submitted, with work on course to begin on site early next year. Turnstone Estates has submitted a planning application to Colchester Council for its 200,000 sq ft Northern Gateway leisure scheme. Fresh plans for the development include a 12-screen cinema, run by Cineworld and featuring Superscreen and 4DX facilities. There will also be a Hollywood Bowl alley, a Putt Stars indoor golf centre and a climbing facility run by Jump Street. AD Seven restaurant units, revised down from…

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Main image: Nisha Katona sourcing supplies. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Successful restaurant chain seeks “collaborative and circumspect” landlords

Mowgli’s Nisha Katona sets out adjusted expansion strategy Indian street food restaurant group Mowgli is adjusting some of its forthcoming expansion plans, saying it will only look for landlords who are “collaborative and circumspect” in the future. In an instagram post, Mowgli founder Nisha Katona has confirmed that its planned opening in Preston would no longer go ahead and says she is “considering her position” regarding the opening of a site in Edinburgh, which was set to be the group’s first Scottish location when it was announced in February. ……

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