Fred Sirieix’s Million Pound Menu begins on BBC 2 tonight featuring Ruth Hansom

Fred Sirieix’s Million Pound Menu begins on BBC 2 tonight featuring Ruth HansomPresented by Fred Sirieix, general manager of Galvin at Windows in London and maitre d’ on Channel 4’s First Dates, the programme has been described as Dragons’ Den for the hospitality industry and will be screened at 9pm.

Each week, two sets of would-be patrons will battle it out to secure investment in their dining concept.

Each concept will be given a three-day trial in a 40-seat pop-up restaurant in Manchester to win over the public and the potential investors. They will be judged on their food, service, team-management, brand potential and business plans before discovering, at the end of the three days, if they have been successful.


Singaporean Buxani Group buys GoGlasgow Urban hotel

Singaporean Buxani Group buys GoGlasgow Urban hotelThe sale marks the Buxani Group’s first hotel in the UK ahead of a planned series of investments into the UK hotel market. Crerar Hotels also plans to sell off “a further cluster” of its hotel portfolio.

The deal was off-market but the guide price of the property was reported to be close to £10m. Thailand-based Compass Hospitality has been appointed to manage the hotel, which was redeveloped in 2015 by Crerar Hotels.

Kishore Buxani, founder and chief executive of the Buxani Group, said: “We are delighted that we have secured our first hotel in the UK and especially in Scotland, which is currently experiencing tremendous growth in tourism and business travel. We continue to be very optimistic of the global tourism industry and are actively looking for more hotel opportunities in the UK and Europe.”

How to close a restaurant

How to close a restaurant“In January of last year my restaurant, The Hole in the Wall, was listed as one of the top 100 in the UK by The Sunday Times.​ It was chosen by a panel that included Jamie Oliver, Bee Wilson and the great AA Gill.
Just six months later, I cooked my last service and closed the doors for good.

On the surface the restaurant was a huge success, opened at the height of a recession and yet still commercially viable. ‘Don’t spend all your money at once’ a regular customer told me after a busy weekend lunch service. I smiled non-committally, half-mumbled a reply and made my excuses about being needed in the kitchen.

“An awareness of the closure enabled preparations to be made.​ Knowing how rife gossip is in the industry I spoke to each of my suppliers to explain the situation and began paying off accounts as soon as the statements came in. Staff took holidays owed to them. I did everything I could to make sure that I was able to shut the doors solvent, relationships in tact and proud of everything we had achieved at The Hole in the Wall.

Stefer Leser revealed as Langham group CEO as it eyes expansion

Stefer Leser revealed as Langham group CEO as it eyes expansionBased in Hong Kong, Leser will oversee the group’s portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences as well as leading its global expansion drive.He said:

“Langham Hospitality Group has a solid reputation with a fine collection of hotels in four continents.

“The company is definitely ripe for expansion into new markets and I look forward to leading the team to deliver highly personalized service and support the future growth of the group’s outstanding portfolio of hotels and residences.”

Henrietta hotel to replace Dabbous restaurant with bistro concept

Henrietta hotel to replace Dabbous restaurant with bistro conceptOwners the Experimental Group will open the 80-cover Henrietta Bistro in June in the ground floor restaurant and mezzanine space. It will be overseen by new head chef Sylvain Roucayrol, who previously worked at the group’s sister site Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in Seven Dials.

The 18-bedroom hotel and Dabbous’ 40-cover restaurant opened in March 2017 and was Dabbous’ only operational restaurant following the closure of Dabbous and Barnyard last year until the launch of Hide last month. Henrietta Bistro will serve a snacks and sharing plates menu inspired by southwest France, the Basque country and the Catalunyan region of northern Spain.

Roucayrol said: “Growing up in Perpignan, I was fortunate to experience the rich gastronomy and culture of both France and Catalunya, and I regularly visited Corsica for holidays with my family. The food of these regions is vibrant, colourful and perfect for sharing. I cannot wait to bring it to Henrietta.”

The Arts Club unveils international expansion plans

The Arts Club unveils international expansion plansIts first overseas outpost will open will open in Dubai next year in the new ICD Brookfield Place in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre district. Split across five stories, it will feature three restaurants and bars, a cigar club, art exhibition spaces and 23,000sq ft of outdoor terracing.

This will be followed by The Arts Club Los Angeles, which will open in 2020 on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. The site will house 14 hotel rooms and have a rooftop swimming pool, screening rooms, restaurants and bars and an art gallery.

A second London The Arts Club will also open in 2020, in Canary Wharf, although no more details have been released on it.