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Latest News - CB Food Solutions

The Other House

Our clients, The Portfolio Club have just announced the naming of their 2 London hotel venture – The Other House

First to open will be The Other House Kensington, based in the former Harrington Hall Hotel, with a February 2022 launch in mind. This will be very stylish short and long stay accommodation, with members area, cocktail bar and premium casual dining.

Soon after will see the launch of The Other House Covent Garden, housed in the magnificent Wellington Block, a prime location for tourists, Londoners and anyone who happens to be passing by.

There is much planning to do, but the newly formed team have fresh ideas and a unique vision, we are delighted to be part of the team and add our years of knowledge and experience to the leadership team.

Getting back to business

The sad news has been that many existing operators in hospitality and F&B have been mortally wounded by first Brexit, and then Covid delivering the knock out punch.

CBFS has seen big companies and clients close forever, others flipping with new investments, wiping out existing debt. We have not been immune to this, and have suffered industry losses in line with our operational partners.

We have survived, and had plenty of long term projects to keep us busy, and to keep the vital cashflow coming in to enable our continued success. Wherever we can, we have helped and taken on many pro bono projects, especially in our pet field, the arts.

There are examples of success, we launched Dabbawalla amidst the pandemic, and even starting life as a take away and delivery business, it has been a huge success.

My directorship of Mamma Dough | Sourdough Pizza, the much renowned South London craft pizza collection, has had many challenges, but continued to trade well through the pandemic, and now looks forward to further growth and success.

The churn of business means more opportunity, a chance to reinvent and maximise the bounce back for hospitality – we look forward to our next challenges.

The Portfolio Club Acquire Wellington Block

Our exciting project with The Portfolio Club, the renovation of Harrington Hall and creation of The Other House is in full swing.

The latest news is that the client has now acquired the site for the second venture, based in Covent Garden and set to be another ground breaking devlopement.

More news to come as the project develops, and delighted to be on board.

Dabbawalla Indian Kitchen Launches

The much anticipated launch of Dabbawalla Indian Kitchen is just days away, and is the culmination of many months of planning between Chris and Jey Sachchi. Chris used much of his own experience, naming the concept and bringing in his network including the amazing Design LSM team and life begins on 14th January as a take away and delivery only.

 

 

Relaunch for Victors and Neighbourhood

The new owners of these two successful brands reached out to us to help following the purchase from administration.

Both were victims of the times and despite great product, sites and a huge following, fell victim to the crisis. However the new owners engaged with us to help redefine the offers and despite a rocky few months, going in and out of lockdown, the future looks promising and these are brands which will thrive in the new normal.

Dabbawalla

Chris met entrepreneur Jey Sachchi in summer 2019 and together they began planning for a new regional restaurant idea; Dabbawalla.

After a number of meetings with Jey and his partners, the team opted to run with a vision created by Chris; inspired by the Dabba Wallas of Mumbai, a modern Indian café.

Like Chris, Jey has Sri Lankan heritage so they share a passion for Asian food,  quickly joined thoughts and brought a design, brand and culinary teams together. Working with a world famous chef and the renowned designers Design LSM, the launch site in Wokingham goes live mid December 2020.

The Portfolio Club with David Moore

Chris has teamed up with legendary restaurateur David Moore to create F&B concepts for a new long stay apartment/hotel concept based in prime central London locations. The first will be at the former Harrington Hall in South Kensington, with many more in the pipeline. The brand is pitched at the affordable luxury market, and post covid the desire for this quality within budget will be greater than ever before.

David is hugely renowned for his much loved Pied a Terre restaurant in Charlotte Street, but has also invested and mentored a whole range of successful businesses. David brings a different view; creative, intelligent and professional, working alongside Chris to share and enhance ideas.

There are several new openings from the owners in the pipeline, and we look forward to making the journey to launch and beyond a successful one.

iForce by Eddie Stobart

For over 20 years, iForce have been entrusted by some of the UK’s biggest brand names to help them maximise the potential of multi-channel retailing through supply chain and retail logistics services. iForce are now looking for F&B solutions within their brand new Centre of Excellence in Corby and we have been asked to help shape what the eventual offers may look like. This will be feeding the workforce in modern, innovative and in some cases, quirky ways, to ensure better than high street quality for the team; fun, engaging, healthy and nutritious food and drink will be served in a vibrant, contemporary space. We have used renowned hubs such as Google and Apple for inspiration, but this will very much be a unique venture.

Guild Living

It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Guild Living, as soon to come group of senior living villages across UK.
Guild Living will reinstate older people at the heart of our lives and communities. Guild Living is delivering academically-led, innovative ways to live independently in the heart of towns and city centres.
Working in partnership with Legal & General, one of the UK’s most trusted institutions, they are developing a deep and honest understanding of people’s loves, fears, wants and needs.
Hospitality, community, eating and drinking is a huge part of the Guild Living experience, and over the next few months we will be working together to create innovative, world class dining and drinking,

Tough Times

The current Coronavirus crisis is bringing the biggest challenge to the world in a generation. The impact of the situation will be catastrophic on hospitality. At present, we have no idea of how many of the current ‘temporary’ closures will become permanent. We also have no idea what kind of economy we will face when this is all over.
What we do know is that to survive, we will need to adapt. Even in the most impoverished, war torn societies, hospitality remains present. The new ‘normal’ will have to be considered as hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes regroup and relaunch.
CBFS will be there to support and guide the new and existing wave of hospitality businesses through the challenging times ahead and we have every confidence that though things will be very different, excellence will be rewarded.