Barburrito partners with the Restaurant Group to roll out airport franchise
Mexican eatery Barburrito has struck a deal with the Restaurant Group, the parent company behind Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito brands.
Through the franchise partnership, Barburrito hopes to expand into the airport catering market, which is seen as an up-and-coming market in the food and beverage sector.
Last year chef Gordon Ramsey opened a fast-casual spin-off of his restaurant in London's Heathrow Airport which he hopes to expand worldwide.
Other high-profile chefs such as Bruno Loubet, Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal have also opened airport locations, as growing airport foot traffic makes the locations more desirable,
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Launched in 2005, Barburrito currently operated 21 sites across 10 UK cities. Through airport franchises, the company will make a range of made-to-order off items that will “offer busy commuters and holidaymakers an alternative to standard pre-packaged items," says the company.
"This is the start of an exciting partnership with TRG Concessions,” said Morgan Davies, founder and chief executive of Barburrito.
"With an established operating model working across 21 locations, we felt that it was time to explore a franchise operation with a sector leader in this space. We hope to be announcing our first airport location soon.”
Nick Ayerst, managing director of TRG Concessions, added: "We are excited to be working with Barburrito to bring an award-winning concept to UK airports.
"We are certain Barburrito will be well-received by passengers. We are looking forward to further strengthening our food and beverage offer and look forward to developing the relationship with our new partner."
Backed by private equity company BGF, Barburriot is the largest UK burrito brand outside of London.
Time waits for no man or woman as The Hundred begins
What WG Grace would have thought of The Hundred – the latest attempt to bring cricket to a wider international audience – is probably not repeatable. In time, perhaps, he will understand that this new jamboree is designed as a ‘gateway drug’ to encourage people to take up cricket themselves.
Lord’s, the wistful, melancholic ground in North West London – designed in 1814 – is the spiritual home of cricket and, along with seven other grounds, will host this curious new incarnation of a historically long-form game. Indeed, seven teams across eight cities will be allocated only 100 balls each per fixture.
And with ‘cool’, millennial-friendly names like London Spirit, Manchester Originals and Welsh Fire they will be expected to smash as many boundaries and sixes as possible in the shortened format, leaving fans delirious, engaged and able to navigate the eccentricities of this hopelessly romantic pastime.
Perhaps most importantly, the tournament will be the stage for a brilliant array of women cricketers including Australia’s Jess Jonassen, England’s Sarah Taylor, South Africa’s Mignon du Preez and Stafanie Taylor from the West Indies.
By making each fixture two and a half-hours, The Hundred is already decreasing waste and carbon emissions. At Lord’s – as with many other grounds – only cashless payment methods are accepted, reducing the spread of COVID-19 during an event where the food and drink is as much part of the sport as the pyrotechnics of bat and ball (indeed, some would regard it as far more important).
With this considered, spectators at Lord’s are encouraged to consume extravagant picnics in several opulent locations, including the Coronation Garden. Meanwhile, those attending the matches at Lord’s have been permitted to bring one bottle of wine or Champagne (wonderful evidence that breaking with tradition has its limits). Sustainability awareness also extends to cans of beer or cider (two per person) and, my personal favourite, two cans of premixed aperitifs.
Also, 25 water fountains throughout Lord’s will enable fans to refill their own bottles, while The Lord’s Tavern will be serving responsibly-sourced food throughout the day.
At several of the grounds, including Lord’s, there will also be a drive to reduce plastic waste. Cider and beer sold on site will be provided in reusable cups, but during The Hundred there will be no £1 charge.
Now that really is cricket!