Black & White Hospitality has launched a new division that will focus on global expansion as it prepares to open its 50th venue in the UK.
The company, which was co-founded by Marco Pierre White and Nick Taplin, has signed a deal with RMAL Hospitality to form Black & White International.
Two new international sites are already in the pipeline, both of which will be in Abu Dhabi. These are Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill at the end of 2018 and a New York Italian in March 2019.
Jihad Hazzan, chief operating officer of Al Fahim Hospitality, and Elias Madbak, managing director of RMAL Hospitality, the restaurant arm of the Al Fahim group, will now work with the newly formed business to expand the group worldwide.
“Not only is he well-known because of his success as a chef and restauranteur, Marco’s international presence has grown further following appearances on TV shows such as Master Chef Asia and Australia and also Hell’s Kitchen Australia,” says Taplin.
“It therefore makes sense for us to expand our reach outside of the UK where the potential is almost limitless. To be at the start of a journey as exciting as this makes me very proud and gives me the opportunity to take the MPW franchise model onto a truly global platform.
“RMAL Hospitality has a strong track record within the restaurant and hospitality sector and we’re delighted to launch this exciting new division of Black and White Hospitality. With two venues already in the pipeline and Marco having just opened The English House in Singapore, we’ll be looking to build our international presence with hoteliers, owners and other hospitality management businesses.”
The launch of Black & White International follows the appointment of Black & White Hospitality’s new managing director Brandie Deignan.