German Doner Kebab looks to grow portfolio of foodservice businesses The Hero Brands-backed business plans to open 47 new restaurants in the UK during 2021, building significantly on the 12 opened during 2020. Read more.

Whitbread’s Premier Plus format reaches 1,000-room milestone Whitbread will launch its flagship Premier Inn in Oxford city centre on Friday, marking the 1,000th room to open under its enhanced Premier Plus format. Premier Plus rooms feature amenities such as a rainfall shower with luxury toiletries. Read more.

Vegetarian restaurant group Mildreds to launch new concept Mildreds, which operates plant-based restaurants, has announced the launch of a new concept named Mallow. Mallow will open at Borough Market in London, serving “great value, fresh, colourful and internationally inspired plant-based food and drinks”. Read more.

BrewDog reports £13.1m pre-tax loss for 2020 The brewer and retailer has reported full-year losses, as booming sales of its craft beer in store and online failed to offset the impact of bar closures. The company reported a £13.1m pre-tax loss in 2020 despite reporting revenues of £238m for the year. Read more.

Brinker International to launch Chili’s into UK The US restaurant group Brinker International is looking to launch its casual-dining concept Chili’s in the UK. The company is targeting 100 sites, and has begun seeking franchisees. Brinker has more than 1,700 restaurants in 29 countries. Read more.

Sales up 23.7% at Loungers The bar group has reported like-for-like sales up 23.7% in the nine weeks from 17 May to 18 July 2021, compared to the same period in 2019. Loungers has said sales have been boosted by work from home trends driving customers to local high streets. Read more.