MC Group begins refurb on fourth venture with Star Pubs

Work is expected to take six weeks with The Runway scheduled to open its doors in late November
13/10/2017 - 07:00
London-based restaurant operators Yoga Mogantas and Nayan Chande of MC Group-UK Ltd, have started the refurbishment on their fourth venture with Star Pubs & Bars and their sixth site in total.

The companies have shared the £330,000 cost of making over The Grand Union, MC Group's first pub acquisition which it has taken on a 20-year lease.

Its three other collaborations with Star Pubs are restaurants in the west and north west of London, including Namaste Lounge in Northwood, a lounge bar and Indian restaurant.

The group’s first move was to change the pub’s name to ‘The Runway’.

Mogantas, MC Group managing director, said the company was inspired to take on the pub by the lack of places specialising in British food in the area.

“The Runway will serve good quality British food – everything from fish and chips to steaks and, roasts on a Sunday.

“All the dishes will be home cooked and freshly prepared using ingredients from local growers and farmers wherever possible. There’ll be an equal focus on the bar with a good range of beers including cask ales.”

The pub’s exterior will receive a repaint and new signage while a new kitchen has been installed to enable a greater focus on food.

Morgantas said the group was looking to acquire more pubs in areas with the potential to develop "trade based around fresh British and British / Indian fusion”.

Tim Galligan, Star Pubs & Bars operations director, said. “Yoga and Nayan are highly experienced hospitality operators. Their food, service, social media and retailing standards are excellent with their sites scoring 100% in Star’s recent mystery visits.

"We’re delighted they are bringing this expertise into the pub sector and to be working with them on their first pub venture.”

Star Pubs & Bars is Heineken’s leased pub business which is made up of an estate of around 1,100 pubs throughout the UK.

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