Friday Five: the top news of the week


– Upscale Japanese restaurant MUSU will open this autumn on Bridge Street in Manchester, under chief executive Michael Shaw​. Translated as “endless possibilities”, the new restaurant will offer diners three different menu options – an a la carte “sentaku” menu; a seven- and 11-course kaiseki menu; and an omakase menu, which will be served at a six-seat omakase counter chaired by sushi chef Andre Aguiar. Ingredients will be sourced from Japan where required, including kombu and soy sauce and A5 grade wagyu beef, but also more locally, with langoustines sourced from the Isle of Skye and salted free-range duck from Devon. MUSU will also serve certified, sustainable and traceable wild bluefin tuna.

– As much as 196,000 international workers, including some 120,000 EU workers, have left the UK hospitality sector since 2019​​, reveals a new report from hospitality recruitment partner Caterer.com. The report, which surveyed 250 hospitality employers across the UK, reveals the changing demographics of a sector that has long relied on a European workforce. While positive changes have recently been made by the government to allow more international workers to come to the UK, such as making chefs eligible for a skilled worker visa, the report shows these schemes are not having an impact strong enough. The Caterer.com report found that while 61% of hospitality employers are registered to hire overseas, immigration policies deter 89% from hiring overseas. Barriers include lack of visa flexibility or availability (42%), unclear and changing government guidelines (38%) and associated costs such as visas (34%). More than a quarter (27%) of employers in the hospitality sector are unsure how to sponsor an international worker.

– High profile bartender Robert Wood will open an ambitious cocktail bar in Birmingham’s Jewelery Quarter next month​ which will offer cocktail “tasting menus” of up to seven courses. Housed in a restored factory in Newhall Square, the Atelier c/o Robert Wood is billed as a “creative drinks studio” which will only trade Thursday to Saturday nights allowing Wood “to express his interests and ideas in constant evolution through beverages”. Customers can expect an ever-changing experience, with each menu only available for a limited time.

McDonald’s has launched a recruitment drive to hire over 50s​, amid ongoing staffing struggles in the hospitality industry. The fast-food chain has developed a new campaign targeting older workers, with adverts released by McDonald’s showing a gray-haired worker who “isn’t the type to retire” enjoying his job at the restaurant chain. A McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘We are exceptionally proud of our inclusive and diverse workforce, and our latest recruitment campaign reflects this. We have a long history of employing older workers, who are an integral part of our catering teams in the UK and Ireland. »

– Piri-piri chicken specialist Casa do Frango will double its area in the coming months with the opening of two new restaurants in the capital​. The group, which has locations in London Bridge and Shoreditch, will open on Heddon Street in Mayfair in October, followed by a restaurant in Victoria in early 2023. The Heddon Street restaurant will become Casa do Frango’s flagship and largest site. to date and will be located on the site that was previously occupied by Aboslut Icebar. Spread over two floors, it will have a street-level terrace, a dining room, a drinks bar and two private dining rooms that can accommodate more than 200 people.

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