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Itihaas warn against ‘copycat’ traders


itihaasThe MD of fine dining Indian Restaurant Itihaas in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter has warned independent restaurants to be vigilant against rivals trying to leverage their brand name.

Raj Rana instructed lawyers to take two organisations to task in Cumbria and Cambridge who opened restaurants under the Itihaas name.

After learning that they were unlawfully using the Itihaas name, trademark attorneys stepped in, threatening legal action if they didn’t change the branding.

Expressing his dismay, Managing Director Mr Rana discussed how unjust it was, that there are people out there apparently seeking to piggyback off Itihaas hard work, for their own gain. “We have worked hard over the last 15 years to build a very valuable brand and its shocking how people come along and try to rip us off and jump on to the band wagon of our awards and success”.

Food and hospitality businesses often have more problematic trademark issues than other types of businesses due to their territorial nature. While consumer goods and many other businesses immediately function nationally, many restaurants and hotels start out doing business in one geographic location.

Hospitality PR Expert Anita Champaneri from Delicious PR said, “Twenty years ago you could always find a Taj Mahal or Taste Of India on your suburban High Street but in the past 10 years entrepreneurs have really worked hard to make their restaurants individual and have strived to grow their distinctive brands. So its very annoying that there are sometimes third parties out there who will try and take a short cut to success rather than create something unique.”

Matt Shaw, a partner at Forresters, who dealt with the infringements on behalf of Itihaas and Mr. Rana, said ”if you are hoping to grow your business and ring-fence your brand, restaurants should always take steps to register their name (and logo if there is one) as a trade mark. This provides strong, nationwide protection and makes it much easier to deal with any un-authorised use of something similar.”

Mr Shaw’s Top 5 Tips to protect against copycats’ are:

  1. Seek professional advice and register your important brand names as trade marks
  2. Make sure that you also protect any important logos
  3. Make sure that you protect the marks in the right categories
  4. Be vigilant (especially on social media) for any infringements; and
  5. If you discover a problem, take immediate advice, because delays can cause problems.






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New Prosecco Bar Bottega comes to Birmingham Airport

Bottega-Prosecco-Bar_Birmingham_Mar-2018_012_SSP-image_hi-resSSP UK, a leading operator of food and drink concessions in travel locations, has partnered with Italian drinks brand Bottega to open a new Bottega Prosecco Bar at Birmingham Airport later this week. The new outlet brings the atmosphere and ambiance of a typical Venetian Bacaro bar to the international traveller.
Deeply rooted in the Italian tradition of fine wine and food, Bottega Prosecco Bar offers a broad selection of wines, along with traditional finger food and specialties, that can be enjoyed all day in a relaxed environment. The bar at Birmingham features a selection of dishes popular with airport passengers, given an Italian twist. It also features an Italian breakfast menu to meet the needs of travellers at all times of the day.
Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, added, “”We are delighted to be working with Bottega, which is a wonderful premium brand and a great addition to our portfolio. This is definitely prosecco’s time, and this new bar is completely on trend. We are certain that it will be a fantastic addition for all our customers at Birmingham Airport.”
Sandro Bottega, owner and managing director of Bottega, adds: “This concept, which aims to promote and enhance the reputation of our country in the enological and gastronomic fields, reflects the core values of Bottega SpA. At Bottega we advocate the importance of a healthy lifestyle, based on varied and unsophisticated food, which is innate in the Mediterranean diet. We also believe in the pairing of food and drink, which is why we have created our own food and wine combinations. I am particularly delighted to partner with SSP, whose knowledge and experience in the airport market and knowledge of the travelling consumer will I’m sure help to ensure the success of this new venture.”
Richard Gill, Acting Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport said: “We are delighted to have worked with the SSP and Bottega teams to open the first Bottega Prosecco Bar in a UK airport. This brings something very different to the choice of food and beverage within the airport and will further ensure our passengers have a great experience whilst travelling through Birmingham Airport.”
The bar is the eleventh Bottega has opened worldwide. The Bottega Prosecco Bar made its debut on-board the Viking Line “Cinderella” cruise ship in 2014 and Bottega has since opened variations of the popular concept in locations around the globe including the Seychelles, Abu Dhabi and Milan.
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International tech company Supermeal, choose Birmingham to launch new take-away app


Supermeal logoSupermeal UK is an online takeaway ordering service facilitating food lovers to find a variety of restaurants on the go and place online orders at their ease using web or mobile app.

The beauty of this is that it allows the consumer to earn cash back on take-away purchases.

The app is powered by WaqarTech Limited, a UK based software company that designs and develops innovative scalable web and mobile technologies. After running it successfully in the sub continent for 5 years they have chosen Birmingham to launch the service in the UK.

Founder Waqar Shah said : “We are focusing more on consumer needs and wants, and using all the best analytical techniques to bring the best meal deals, discounts and offers. We have also introduced a loyalty scheme in the form of cash-back incentives against every order. Not only this, consumers can use the referral system to introduce friends and family and earn up to £1 e-cash against every order.”

The company have ambitions plans to expand in the UK and their integrated technology is sophisticated and lightning fast, which takes takeaway ordering experience to the next level.

The Supermeal platform technology can also be licensed by chain of restaurants/takeaways as a hosted solution and brand the web and mobile apps to fit their business needs. The technology has great marketing tools such as branded SMS, email, mobile app notifications and web pop-up messages.

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morehllAward-winning connoisseur of fine Indian dining, Itihaas Restaurant has joined forces with Country House Hotel Moor Hall Hotel & Spa

Based in the heart of Birmingham, Itihaas is one of the most established Indian restaurants in the UK. Its cuisine is inspired by the Mughul Era, when Indian dining was imperial and extravagant, which lends itself well to the wedding business and is integral to both the food served and decoration provided at its show-stopping events.

Itihaas already has an array of incredible venues under its belt, delivering traditional Indian cuisine to events and weddings at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Ricoh Arena, and more recently, West Midlands Safari Park.

This latest partnership with Moor Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfied sees Itihaas’ award-winning chefs design menus to complement the stunning surroundings of the venue. Moor Hall is set in beautiful parkland, within easy reach of Birmingham, the NEC Group/LG Arena and the major rail and motorway links. The hotel is approached via a stunning tree lined avenue and on arrival you’ll find 83 comfortable bedrooms, 2 restaurants (1 with two AA Rosettes), meeting rooms, beautiful grounds and a leisure centre with indoor pool and spa

Itihaas has recently drawn on its strengths to expand its portfolio, now offering décor to suit every budget. From mandaps and walima & nikkah stages, to designer evening wedding reception décor, resulting in the ultimate exotic yet sophisticated Asian experience. Itihaas will be providing the same delectable food at Moor Hall as it does at its Birmingham-based restaurant, allowing a choice of three separate three-course menus; the Saffron Menu, Cardamom menu and Tamarind Menu, which vary in price from £9.95 to £20.95 per head. The partnership is set to be a real success, with years of experience under the belts of both Itihaas and Moor Hall, this is really a case of two giants in the events and catering industries joining forces to create unforgettable events.

For more information on how Itihaas can bring a touch of magic to your Big Day, visit, and to explore the beauty that Moor Hall can offer visit:

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Bitters ‘n twisted venues opens fifth “bodega cantina” venue

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Independent bar and restaurant operator Bitters ‘n Twisted Venues is set to open their newest Bodega Cantina in Sutton Coldfield this March.  The new venue will be the fifth Bodega Cantina, all of which are based in the Midlands. Bodega Cantina, located on the bustling Birmingham Road in Sutton Coldfield, is opening following a £150,000 investment.
The South American inspired cocktail bar and restaurant was first launched by Bitters ‘n Twisted over seven years ago in Birmingham.  Other Cantina’s can now be found in Worcester, Derby and Leicester.  Sutton will the first Bodega Cantina to open in the suburbs.
Bitters ‘n Twisted founder Matt Scriven said: “Opening Bodega in Sutton Coldfield has been on my radar for over 3 years now and I’m very excited that we’re finally able to bring our South American inspired hospitality to this vibrant area.  We’ve recently updated our food and cocktail menus as well as our website and it feels like now is a really important time in the development of Bodega. “
The launch of Bodega Sutton has created 12 new jobs. Its interior focuses on Read more »
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Itihaas Restaurant adds another partnership to its portfolio

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Award-winning connoisseur of fine Indian dining, Itihaas Restaurant, is celebrating a perfect match with a new deal with the stunning Moor Hall Hotel.

A beautiful country house is always a good choice for a romantic wedding setting, so its with great delight that the award-winning fine Indian restaurant has added Moor Hall Hotel and  Spa in Sutton Coldfield to its portfolio of venues.

Itihaas already has an array of incredible venues under its belt, delivering traditional Indian cuisine to events and weddings at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, The New Hall Hotel and more recently, Stanbrook Abbey.

Moor Hall Hotel is a unique choice for Indian weddings with its a stunning tree-lined avenue and extensive grounds, which lends itself to gardens parties and drinks receptions. The Charter Suite is an elegant spacious room with a capacity of 200 guests, overlooking the sunken garden and with its own direct entrance, with the suite and adjourning areas recently refurbished to a very high standard.

This latest partnership with Moor Hall in the north of the city sees Itihaas’ award-winning chefs design menus to complement the stunning surroundings of the venue. Speaking about the partnership, Itihaas Managing Director, Raj Rana, comments: “We’re honoured to have secured such a wonderful partnership with Moor Hall We recognise the venue’s dedication to provide an unforgettable Big Day to the happy couple, as this is something we also uphold. 

“Despite years of experience catering for Asian events, we never take for granted our inclusion in a couple’s big day, and we recognise how lucky we are to be able to provide our innovative dishes to the wedding guests. Our menus continuously prove to be a huge success for contemporary weddings, allowing choice for guests and giving the happy couple a real edge on their big day.”

Itihaas has recently drawn on its strengths to expand its portfolio, now offering décor to suit every Read more »

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February will see Wrapchic take its latest voyage to Birmingham Airport

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Wrapchic will be offering Indian style street food as well as an extended menu including ‘The Great Indian Breakfast’ and a range of incredibly unique sandwiches and wraps that can accompany passengers on-board.

After a successful five years, Wrapchic is excited to continue soaring high by opening its latest outlet in a prime position within Birmingham Airport.

Wrapchic is fast Indian food – but its unique menu offers food cooked and prepared by top Indian chefs in a welcomed healthier way. Wrapchic combine authentic Indian food with modern ways of eating on the go and has created an immense buzz wherever it lands. Wrapchic is currently making an envious mark in the fast food arena because consumers are looking for something unique, interesting, and healthy. Food is about much more than just ‘filling your boots’ now, so Wrapchic’s concept, wonderful team and gorgeous eateries keep fiercely loyal Wrapchica’s coming back again and again!

Wrapchic already has hugely popular and established flagship outlets in major sites across the UK including London, Sheffield, Bradford, Milton Keynes, Dudley and even Dubai to name a few!  And with its Headquarters just down the road, and outlets in The Bullring and on Solihull High Street, Wrapchic is really making a name for itself within Birmingham.

The product range at Birmingham Airport will also offer a new and full breakfast menu. The new items include – Indian breakfast muffins, porridge and Indian filled ‘paratha’s on a budget’ as well as an array of brand new fillings, such as the egg bhurji and lamb kheema. Wrapchic will also offer a take away option for passengers wishing to take something on board their flight. Wrapchic will have a chiller rammed with grab and go items such as a beetroot lamb sandwich or soya kadhai wrap.

Wrapchic was created by Mahesh Raikar in 2012. Mahesh has 20 years of food industry experience behind him including a senior role in a Fortune 500 company. He wanted to make the much loved Indian cuisine available to the bustling lunch time market by pushing the boundaries of the way we eat our Indian food in a modern world. After working for over two years on the idea, testing and retesting, designing and redesigning, Mahesh invested his own money into opening the first Wrapchic in Birmingham City Centre and hasn’t looked back since.

Mahesh explains what makes Wrapchic’s food stand out from the crowd: “All our core ingredients are prepared at a central location by our expert chefs in order to maintain product standards and authenticity.  The ingredients are then delivered to our stores for final preparation”.

He adds why he feels Wrapchic are operating at the right time in the right place: “Our concept is unique in the quick serve food sector and brings something new and fresh to the consumer.  Our existing outlets are doing extremely well in terms of Read more »

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Blakes Cocktail Masterclass

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Have an unforgettable experience at Blakes this Valentines! Enjoy a Cocktail Masterclass with your loved one and learn to make the Valentines Love potion cocktails and Blakes signature drinks. All masterclasses include a three course Valentines dinner, available Friday 16th - Saturday 17th February 6-9pm. Masterclass only is priced at £20 pp and masterclass with three course meal is just £50 pp. Why not add a romantic overnight stay at the Westmead hotel? From only £140 for 2 people.

Spaces are limited! To book call 0121 445 1202 or email:

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Birmingham’s First Whisky Bar to Open in the Jewellery Quarter

download (2)Birmingham is set to get its first dedicated whisky bar on Vyse Street from the founder of The Birmingham Whisky Club and Festival.

Set inside the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter the venue will boast 300 plus whiskies and host a regular calendar of tastings and events.

Known for pioneering the whisky community in the city, Amy Seton has worked with Intervention Architecture to transform the space which will open to the public in February this year.

Speaking about the concept Amy said: “I set up the whisky club six years ago and have helped to build up a thriving community of whisky lovers. Opening a bar was the logical next step, giving our members a home and creating a space to introduce more people to the exciting world of whisky.

“Birmingham has shown a real love for a dram or two since I set up the club. Our annual festival sells out 600 plus tickets year-on-year and we attract high profile brands and whisky drinkers from as far as Cornwall to our events.

“We welcome everyone to our new bar from whisky aficionados to complete beginners who are looking to start their whisky journey.”

The unique partnership between Birmingham Museums Trust has been spearheaded by commercial director Alex Nicholson-Evans, commenting on the partnership Alex said: “I’ve worked with The Birmingham Whisky Club on a series of successful events over the last few years and when Amy and I were discussing the idea of a whisky bar we had lightbulb moment.”

“Birmingham Museums Trust is an educational charity so we are always looking for interesting collaborations with local businesses and for creative ways to raise vital funds, so this seemed like a perfectpartnership. The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will transform a currently empty space within the museum building and is a very welcome addition to the Jewellery Quarter.”

Ahead of the official opening there will be a Burns Bar pop-up on January 27th – 28th.

The bar will be open to everyone who wants to get a preview before the refurb is fully complete. A free dram for whisky lovers on arrival and there will be a good selection of beers, wines and spirits for non-whisky drinkers.

The Birmingham Whisky Club bar will open to the public on February 14th opening times are Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 12pm.

Although not exclusively a member’s bar memberships are available which give access to special events and discounts.



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The UK’s first Prosecco Festival comes to Birmingham Town Hall

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Needless to say this event is an absolute must for fans of the fizz!

The UK’s first Prosecco Festival is coming to Birmingham Town Hall, on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th February.

There will be stations offering more than 40 types of Prosecco, Spumante, Cava’s, Brut, Pink Fizz and even Prosecco cocktails.

There will also be an array of Italian streetfoods which can be purchased at the festival, designed to compliment the varieties of fizz. Think gorgeous calzone and homemade meatballs….mmmmm.

General Admission tickets are £14.50 and look set to be a sell out. We’ll race you there!


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