lavio Briatore has opened a pizza restaurant in Marylebone -- Crazy Pizza London

London: disgraced Formula One boss opens high end pizzeria

Only one week after one of the most influential restaurants in London announced that it would be closing at its Marylebone location after nearly 18 years, it has been confirmed that Flavio Briatore, the ex-Formula One racing mogul, has opened a pizzeria called Crazy Pizza on Paddington Street in the same neighbourhood. It is a brand which, according to Big Hospitality, promises to “emphasise the passion and spirit of Italy.” Last month, the latter day restaurateur spoke of the “the incredible immediate success of our new place,” calling for his…

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Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef ‘saddened’ as chain collapses in UK casual dining crisis

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chains have entered administration, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk across Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa and Fifteen. Oliver said he was “saddened” after the group appointed KPMG to handle its administration process, which will affect 25 restaurants, 23 of which are operating under the Jamie’s Italian name. It is expected that KPMG will look for a new buyer for the restaurant group. Oliver said: “I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported…

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Stack Newcastle

Independent restaurants cooking up a storm in UK cities

Looking at the challenges facing the casual dining sector, you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole restaurant market is struggling against the current headwinds. However, while many chains have halted previously aggressive expansion strategies, right now in the UK the independent restaurant scene is in fact buzzing with activity. The UK is not saturated with restaurants, as many might believe. It’s saturated with too many of the same restaurants at a time when consumers want variety and are seeking new experiences. As a result of the casual dining…

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