Côte

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Côte
Private company
IndustryCasual dining
GenreFrench Brasserie
Founded2007, Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom
FoundersRichard Caring, Andy Bassadone, Chris Benians, Nick Fiddler.[1]
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom
Websitehttps://www.cote.co.uk/

Côte is a British cafe chain founded by Richard Caring, Andy Bassadone, Chris Benians and Nick Fiddler in Wimbledon, London in 2007.[2] There are now over 94 restaurants in the UK (as of October 2018).[3][4]

History[edit]

The first restaurant was founded with its first bistro opening in Wimbledon in 2007.[5] In 2013 the founders sold their business stake for £100 million to the private equity firm CBPE.[5]

Controversy[edit]

Various newspapers have accused the chain owners of misleading customers by diverting tips for service and chastising staff members who fall short of the 12.5% service charge minimum.[6][7]

A customer was accidentally charged more than £270,000 for two meals in 2015 when she and her 17-year-old son visited the Cote Brasserie in Hampstead, London.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bridge, Sarah (18 February 2017). "Bill's Restaurants, majority-owned by millionaire restaurateur Richard Caring, serves up 21% leap in turnover". This is Money. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Upmarket new chain Côte is bucking the crunch – but does". The Independent. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  3. ^ Armitage, Jim (12 September 2013). "Richard Caring nets millions as he sells stake in Cote restaurant chain". The Independent. Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Côte Restaurants Near Me - French Inspired Dining At Côte". www.cote.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Cote Restaurants acquired by CBPE". bighospitality.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  6. ^ NEVILLE, SIMON (25 August 2015). "Now Bill's restaurants 'take service charge': Chain is accused after Standard's Côte revelations". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  7. ^ "It's not just Côte and Bill's who are guilty of taking their". The Independent. 2015-08-28. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  8. ^ "Mother accidentally charged £270,000 for two meals by restaurant". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-01-31.

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