Trends we spotted | Week 40

4-10-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about ‘Blue caviar’, a cannabis restaurant with licence opened in Los Angeles and London’s Cocktail Week 2019 that starts today, October 4.

A new Korean restaurant will open this November in London. Seoul Bird, from the world-renowned Korean American chef Judy Joo. And the Borough Market celebrates 21 years with the launch of the Borough Market Kitchen, a new communal dining space housed in Jubilee Place.

Have you already heard about OmniPork a vegan substitute for pork meat? We didn’t but this Asian concept is looking to expand beyond Asia into the UK.

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The Japanese fondue restaurant PakuPaku opened in Amsterdam

4-10-2019

  • PakuPaku
  • PakuPaku in Amsterdam
  • PakuPaku in Amsterdam
  • Franciska van Koningsbruggen en Prema van Wersch van PakuPaku

Earlier this year we wrote about PakuPaku, the first Japanese fondue (ShabuShabu) restaurant in Amsterdam. End of August 2019, PakuPaku opened its doors at Beukenplein 3 Amsterdam. Now, after a few weeks of test running, they’re organizing an opening drink for local residents and other people who are interested on the 6th of October. A fun way to get to know the ladies and their concept!

They will also start their ‘language events’ (events where expats and speakers of different languages can practise their Dutch language skills in an relaxed atmosphere) and once a week they have a ‘joint-table’.

An article explaining exactly what Japanese fondue is and why it is healthy! And the owners Franciska and Prema provide insight into what they have experienced in recent months since the soft opening.

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CityHub Copenhagen will open in the summer of 2020

3-10-2019

  • CityHub Copenhagen

Hot on the heels of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, CityHub’s third location will be in one of the healthiest and happiest cities in Europe, Copenhagen. CityHub Copenhagen will open its doors in summer 2020 and will mark CityHub’s first step towards international expansion.

Launched four years ago in Amsterdam, CityHub was created to fulfil the gap between hotels and hostels. Founders Pieter van Tilburg and Sem Schuurkes, two assiduous travelers themselves, recognized that the hotel industry was lacking satisfactory solutions for millennials who are looking for an accessible and authentic experience at the heart of a city.

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International Coffee Day | How do you make the perfect Espresso Martini?

1-10-2019

  • Tia Espresso Martini kit
  • Espresso Martini cocktail
  • Espresso Martini Belenkaya
  • Irish Espresso Martini
  • Oriental Espresso Martini

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and an essential ingredient of a coffee cocktail. The famous ‘Espresso Martini’ coffee cocktail has been in the top 10 of best-selling cocktails worldwide for years! The Espresso Martini is a true classic and has become an integral part of the cocktail menu. This cocktail is guaranteed to give you a cool down and energy kick at the same time. From now on you can also get started with coffee cocktails at home with the Tia Maria Espresso Martini kit. On the occasion of International Coffee Day they give away three delicious varieties (including a spicy variety!) on the iconic Espresso Martini, to prepare at home.

It seems to be ‘International Coffee Day’ today, October 1 2019! The popularity of coffee is celebrated worldwide on this day. We are gradually seeing that these types of ‘commercial days’ are also being used in the Netherlands. For example today they also celebrate the ‘International Day for Older Persons’ in the UK and the ‘World Vegetarian Day’ is celebrated internationally. You can find entire lists of what is celebrated every day! Today this article from Tia Maria around one of my favorite cocktails, the Espresso Martini! ^Marjolein

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NUGGS | Vegan ‘chicken’ nuggets, development as a tech startup

30-9-2019

  • NUGGS
  • NUGGS
  • Oprichter Ben Pasternak van NUGGS

NUGGS, the world’s first vegan ‘chicken’ nugget startup, launched by the 19-year-old founder Ben Pasternak announced a $7M funding round led by McCain Foods in July 2019. Money he will use to create ‘the most advanced nugget on the planet’. Founded by 19-year-old tech wunderkind and entrepreneur Ben Pasternak. NUGGS is ready to disrupt the animal-based meat industry with its new nugget technology.

A great approach to food development: the founder Ben Pasternak does release new ‘updates‘ of his NUGGS. The formula is constantly improved, based on user feedback. Ben explains: “NUGGS is the intersection of food and the internet”. Check out their Instagram account where they recently announced their 1.4 release and the release notes. 

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Trends we spotted | Week 39

27-9-2019

  • Trends we spotted this week

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among others links to articles about inspiration around ice cream by Spanish parlour Rocambolesc and McDonalds Canada is testing the P.L.T. Burger they created with Beyond Meat.

Pulpac is a patented innovation that can replace single-use plastic at a lower price on a global scale and in a press release TripAdvisor says it blocked more than a million fake reviews in 2018.

Food lifestyle brand Bon Appétit opens a virtual restaurant in Chicago, Bon Appétit Delivered and would you like to try a burrata stuffed with pizza sauce? They serve it with pizza crust at restaurant The Bedford.

Helsinki just became the world’s first ‘City as a Service’ to attract more tech talent for the companies in this city and more about ‘The Fyre Burger’ created by ‘Lock & Key Social Drinkery Kitchen’ in Los Angeles!

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Bagels & Beans is changing its brand name on World Animal Day 2019 to Beagels & Beans

27-9-2019

  • logo Beagles & Beans
  • Beagels & Beans
  • Beagels & Beans

As of the 4th of October, the sanctuary for bagels, coffee and happiness will change its brand name. The name change will be celebrated with a free cup of coffee or tea of choice and a festive giveaway for everyone who is bringing their pet.

On Friday the 4th of October the well-known Dutch hospitality formula will be renamed to Beagles & Beans. Pets have always been welcome at the coffee- and bagel bar, but on World Animal Day they want to put them in the spotlight even more. Only Beagles? Of course not: all pets are more than welcome to bring their owner. From hamsters to Shetland ponies, alpaca’s to goldfishes and from collar parakeet’s to stick insects. The owners will be treated with free coffee or tea of choice. And for the pets there will be a water dish with fresh water.

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Hurryhurrygogo | The perky little sister of Happyhappyjoyjoy will open in Amsterdam

26-9-2019

  • Hurryhurrygogo
  • Hurryhurrygogo
  • Hurryhurrygogo
  • Hurryhurrygogo - Singel 460 in Amsterdam
  • Hurryhurrygogo - Singel 460 in Amsterdam
  • Hurryhurrygogo - Singel 460 in Amsterdam
  • Hurryhurrygogo - Singel 460 in Amsterdam
  • Hurryhurrygogo - Singel 460 in Amsterdam

Hurryhurrygogo will open its doors at the Singel 460 in Amsterdam by the end of October. Underneath the Supperclub, space is being created in the former French Connection for this even more chaotic and hysterical sister of Happyhappyjoyjoy. The new snack bar offers space for its own events, various cocktails and high-quality Asian snacks and, in that sense, will link itself to the city’s nightlife.

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Amber Garden | True Chinese Cuisine

24-9-2019

  • The team behind Amber Garden in Amstelveen
  • The interior of Amber Garden in Amstelveen
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, True Chinese Cuisine
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, True Chinese Cuisine
  • The interior of Amber Garden in Amstelveen
  • The exterior of Amber Garden in Amstelveen
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, The Orchid and the Narcissus
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, True Chinese Cuisine
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, True Chinese Cuisine
  • Restaurant Amber Garden in Amstelveen, True Chinese Cuisine

Amber Garden, part of the international ‘Yisheng Group’, opened its doors in Amstelveen (near Amsterdam in the Netherlands) in a festive way on September 23th. Owner, Stark Li, third generation respected Chinese restaurant owner, together with Facility Manager, Ronald Ting, opened restaurant Amber Garden in the company of many corporate companies from the region, culinary enthusiasts and (Michelin) star chefs.

With the arrival of Amber Garden, the municipality of Amstelveen has added a beautiful, authentic fine dining Chinese restaurant at their list of restaurants. Lovers of the authentic Chinese cuisine can enjoy the ‘shared dining’ dishes here. During the opening we enjoyed dishes from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Xi’an. With the dishes you can enjoy wine pairing that are specially selected. For those who want to drink alcohol-free, they also serve delicious tea-based mocktails. True lovers of the Chinese cuisine must visit Amber Garden, if only for the delicious Dim Sum and their signature dish the ‘Amber roasted Beijing duck in the traditional way’. Like chef Shaun Song says: “You no longer need to go to China to be able to enjoy the best dishes China can offer”.

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Boutique antique Hotel Beijers | A new, unique hotel in Utrecht

24-9-2019

  • Hotel Beijers in Utrecht

In the violence of the openings of new hotels of large chains that have found their way to Utrecht (The Netherlands), the opening of Hotel Beijers can be called special. The combination of boutique with antique makes Hotel Beijers unique for Utrecht and perhaps even for the Netherlands. At Hotel Beijers you really step into another world and it appears as if time has stood still. Yet the hotel is anything but old-fashioned, because in the design they worked with bold color combinations, special antiques and the hotel is equipped with all the luxury and modern conveniences of today.

The hotel has 15 rooms and no room is the same. A cool concept for guests who love architecture, antiques and history, but of course with a modern twist! Utrecht City Concepts will run the hotel. They are known for its collection of small-scale boutique hotels in the center of Utrecht. You can recognize them from Mother Goose, Eye Hotel, Court Hotel, Hotel26 and the Malie Hotel.

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Trends we spotted | Week 38

20-9-2019

At hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other a link to an article about ‘The Swingers Open 2019’, a crazy golfing tournament at Swingers City in London, sponsored by Tanqueray No. Ten.

Also two articles with sustainable initiatives by McDonald’s in Germany and the UK and Burger King in the UK.  SeaBubbles is another sustainable initiative in Paris, these electric and futuristic taxis are hovering the Seine.

From London this week two examples of a collaboration around one ingredient, a truffle menu at restaurant Orrery and the ‘Champagne Friends’ initiatives by bubbledogs.

Ever heard about a PizzaRitto? You can eat them at Russo’s House of Pizza in Pearl River, New York State. What it is? Check out the video! read more

A Circular Juice Bar | ‘Feel the Peel’

17-9-2019

  • Feel the Peel by CRA Carlo Ratti Associati for Eni - credits Nicola Giorgetti
  • Feel the Peel by CRA Carlo Ratti Associati for Eni - credits Nicola Giorgetti
  • Feel the Peel by CRA Carlo Ratti Associati for Eni - credits Nicola Giorgetti

‘Feel the Peel’ is a project by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati for Eni, they developed an experimental orange squeezer which makes bioplastic out of orange peels and uses it to 3D print cups to drink the juice.

The “Feel the Peel” prototype strives to bring environmental circularity to everyday life. International design and innovation office CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with global energy company Eni, has developed an experimental Circular Juice Bar that uses oranges to make bioplastic, turns it into filament, and 3D prints disposable cups to drink the freshly-squeezed juice. Called “Feel the Peel”, the prototype is starting a tour of public places around Italy in the next few months as it strives to demonstrate a new approach to environmental circularity in daily life.

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Quirky ‘storytelling’ video for BUNK hotels | ‘Another hotel’

17-9-2019

  • BUNK Hotels in Utrecht en Amsterdam
  • BUNK Hotel Utrecht - credits Wouter van der Sar
  • BUNK Hotel Utrecht - credits Wouter van der Sar
  • flexwerken bij het BUNK Hotel in Utrecht - credits Michiel Ton

If you have missed the news: BUNK Hotels has recently opened the doors of its first location in the heart of Utrecht in an old church. BUNK Amsterdam will open soon, also in a former house of God.

We wrote earlier about this special hotel in the Westerkerk in Utrecht, and with the announcement of BUNK Amsterdam they have created a special promotional video for the concept. A big nod to Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, that’s what you could call this artistic piece of cinematography from BUNK. And also an ode to the bird of paradise that lurks in everyone, as ultimately we all have our own original story. BUNK brings these stories together.

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The Simple Greek |Interesting Greek fastcasual concept in the U.S.

17-9-2019

  • The Simple Greek - exterior Dresher,PA
  • The Simple Greek - bowl
  • The Simple Greek - ComboMeal spicy
  • The Simple Greek - exterior Midland, GA
  • The Simple Greek - Falafel chips with sauce
  • The Simple Greek - interior Raleigh, NC
  • The Simple Greek - pita
  • The Simple Greek

‘The Simple Greek’ is redefining the traditional Greek restaurant with an interactive concept that combines high quality ingredients, open kitchens and Greek atmosphere in a fast casual setting. At Pennsylvania-based ‘The Simple Greek’, customers build pitas or bowls with Mediterranean staples such as grilled steak, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese and garbanzo beans. This concept is one of the fastest-growing franchise restaurant concepts in the U.S.. It capitalizes on the popularity and health benefits of the well-known Mediterranean diet and is a ‘build-your-own’ concept. ‘The Simple Greek’ was mentioned as a high growth, emerging concept to watch at the 2019 National Restaurant Show by Technomic Inc, the leading strategic research and analytics firm in the U.S. for the food industry.

We never spotted a similar concept in Europe but we love Greek food and the fast-casual concept of The Simple Greek is tempting! And who doesn’t love a concept that has this saying: ‘We have OPA’?

Where ‘opa’ is the Dutch word for granddad, at The Simple Greek it stands for O (Outstanding service), P (Passion for the brand) and A (Awesome food). Their slogan is ‘Eat Fresh, Eat Simple, Eat Greek’. Although they aren’t thinking about franchising the concept outside the U.S. we’re quite sure the people from the Netherlands would embrace the concept as well. 

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Geofencing | How location-aware dining apps are changing the hospitality industry

16-9-2019

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QSR (quick service restaurant) brands have only begun to scratch the surface of geofencing. Beyond providing better delivery analytics and clever marketing campaigns, location context can help restaurants understand customer loyalty, impact customer engagement, and help them save on operational and delivery costs.

A rather long but interesting article especially for fast food and fast casual brands about the possibilities presented by geofencing. A guest blog by the company Radar! They give examples on how some QSR brands have started experimenting with geofencing to improve the customer carryout experience. They indicated that API’s (application program interface) are the next big thing in the SaaS (Software as a Service) wave and have been recognized as a Rising Star on TechCrunch

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