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Italian-American Chain Takes Michelin-Starred Approach to Mobile Phones

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Frankie and Bennys Italian American restaurant and bar will lock up mobile phones Alphr

Frankie and Benny’s has something in common with Eleven Madison Park

Frankie and Benny’s is encouraging diners to lock their phones in a box during their meal. The move is usually reserved for high-end palaces of finery — the most notable, perhaps, New York’s three Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park — but this initiative will run at the high street Italian-American chain until 7 December. And, possibly, for longer. The deal: parents that turn in their phones at the door will get free meals for their kids. Of course, if Instagram posts decline... [Big Hospitality]

London’s favourite Indian café announces Manchester opening date

Dishoom’s Manchester Hall restaurant will open 6 December. This restaurant will be the London queue-masters’ second venture outside the capital, joining the Edinburgh location that opened in December 2016. [Richard Vines/Twitter]

Borough Yards will be the next London restaurant yard

Distrkt will lead the search for restaurants at Borough Yards, London’s next American-named restaurant development; the trend for large-scale dining estates shows no sign of waning. [MCA Insight/Paywall]

London’s leading pizzeria crowdsources fourth location

Santa Maria Pizzeria has asked Instagram where it should open a fourth pizza restaurant to join Ealing, Fulham, and Fitzrovia. Richmond, Walthamstow, and Islington look to be front-runners among the willing consultants.


12 Upper St Martin's Lane, , England WC2H 9FB 020 7420 9320 Visit Website

Santa Maria Pizzeria

11 Bond Street, , England W5 5AP 020 8840 4998 Visit Website