Byron Hamburgers

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Byron Hamburgers Limited
Private limited company
Industry Restaurants
Founded London, United Kingdom (2007)
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
56
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Tom Byng (founder)
Products Hamburgers
Parent Wholly owned subsidiary of Hutton Collins Partners
Website www.byronhamburgers.com

Byron Hamburgers Limited, trading as Byron, is a British restaurant chain offering a casual dining service with a focus on hamburgers. Founded in 2007 by Tom Byng,[1] as of December 2015, Byron has 60 outlets, of which 37 are in London.

The chain is owned by Hutton Collins Partners, who purchased it for £100 million in October 2013.[2][3]

Locations[edit]

The burger chain is UK-based, with 60 outlets, 37 in London.[4][5]

History[edit]

The burger chain was founded in London in 2007 by Tom Byng, who developed the idea for the company while living in New York, where he would regularly eat at the Silver Top Diner in Providence, Rhode Island.[6]

The chain was owned by Gondola Group, which also owns Ask and Zizzi. Gondola announced plans to sell Byron in October 2012.[7] Potential buyers included Quilvest,[1] owners of YO! Sushi, in June 2013 Gondola stated that it was abandoning plans to sell Byron, after offers failed to reach the company's estimated £100m price tag, and decided to accelerate expansion of Byron instead.[8]

In October 2013, Hutton Collins Partners finally put in the £100 million offer and the chain was sold.[2]

In July 2016 the company attracted adverse publicity after calling their London workers to a faked Health and Safety briefing following a request by the Home Office. Immigration officials present at the venue arrested several employees, deporting 35 for immigration offences.[9][10] This led to protests outside several of their branches in London, including the release of live cockroaches and locusts at some premises and a call to boycott the chain.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bow, Michael (20 May 2013). "YO! Sushi owner gets taste for Byron burgers". City A.M. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Sale of Byron to Hutton Collins Partners" (PDF). Gondola Group. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Nathalie (18 October 2013). "Byron burger chain sold in £100m deal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Mike Kelly (11 May 2015). "Newcastle city centre to get a Byron burger restaurant as plans submitted for new branch". chroniclelive.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "Locations". byronhamburgers.com. 
  6. ^ "BYRON HAMBURGERS: STORY" (Press release). Bryonhamburgers.com. 
  7. ^ Quinn, James (6 October 2012). "Byron hamburger chain up for sale". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Walsh, Dominic (14 June 2013). "Gondola changes course on Byron burger sale". The Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Immigration Raid on Byron Hamburgers Rounds Up 35 Workers". The Guardian. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Byron burger chain staff arrested in immigration raids". 
  11. ^ "Bugging Byron: activists release cockroaches locusts at burger chain". The Guardian. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Protesters throw hundreds of live insects into Byron burger restaurants amid backlash over immigration raids". 

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