England to close bars in second lockdown

Bars, pubs and restaurants in England will be forced to shut on Thursday (5 November) as the country enters a second national lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19. During a news conference on Saturday (31 October), prime minister Boris Johnson announced new measures to mitigate the increase in coronavirus cases across England. On 30 October there were 12,317 new cases of Covid-19 across England. The lockdown is due to end on…

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UK festive food and drink spend increases

Pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK increased sales by 2.5% over Christmas and New Year compared with the same period in 2018. During the six weeks up to and covering the festive period, food and drink spending increased in the UK on-trade, according to the Coffer Peach Business Tracker. “It has been a challenging year for the eating- and drinking-out market, so these figures will be a welcome boost for operators. Christmas and New…

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Erik Lorincz to open Kwānt bar in London

Erik Lorincz, former head bartender at The Savoy’s American Bar, has revealed plans to open Kwānt bar in London this spring – his first project since departing the iconic London hotel. Lorincz announced the news on his Instagram account, revealing that the new bar will be called Kwānt and will open “spring 2019” beneath London Mediterranean and African restaurant Momo. The renowned bartender will transform the space beneath the restaurant into Kwānt, with posts on…

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Bartender gets $80k in sexual harassment lawsuit settlement

A bartender who was allegedly asked to dress “sexy” and go on dates with patrons by the boss of an Italian restaurant she worked for has been awarded US$80,000 following a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by federal agency the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It accused Chris Christakos, otherwise known as Chris Christini, the owner of Christini’s Ristorante Italiano in Orlando, Florida, of encouraging a work environment in which “un­welcome, sexually…

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Hide’s Kinberg: ‘We are here to open up people’s perceptions’

Oskar Kinberg, bar manager of Michelin-starred London restaurant Hide, tells SB about his partnership with Ollie Dabbous and his simple cocktail ethos. *This feature was first published in the September 2018 issue of The Spirits Business Unlike the entertainment world, the food and drinks industry isn’t awash with famous double acts. While supported by talented teams, most Michelin-starred chefs and leading mixologists rule the roost with a singular and ambitious vision. Oskar Kinberg and Ollie…

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