Byron Hamburgers

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Byron Hamburgers Limited
Private limited company
IndustryRestaurants
FoundedLondon, United Kingdom (2007)
Headquarters
London
,
United Kingdom
Number of locations
69
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Tom Byng (founder)
ProductsHamburgers
ParentThree Hills Capital Partners, and Hutton Collins Partners
Websitewww.byronhamburgers.com
Byron Hamburgers previous logo
Byron burger bar, the former Intrepid Fox, Soho, London

Byron Hamburgers Limited, trading as Byron, is a British restaurant chain offering a casual dining service with a focus on hamburgers. The chain was founded in 2007 by Tom Byng.[1] [2]

The chain is owned by the private equity fund Three Hills Capital Partners, who purchased it from Hutton Collins in 2017.[3][4]

Locations[edit]

The burger chain is UK-based, with, as of October 2016, 69 locations, 40 of which are in London.[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 City, 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.[3]

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 offenses.[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]

In 2017 Hutton Collins sold a majority stake in Byron Hamburgers to Three Hills Capital Partners, with FPP Asset Management also becoming a new investor, while retaining a minority stake.[13]

See also[edit]

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. ^ Mike Kelly (11 May 2015). "Newcastle city centre to get a Byron burger restaurant as plans submitted for new branch". chroniclelive.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b "Sale of Byron to Hutton Collins Partners" (PDF). Gondola Group. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  4. ^ Thomas, Nathalie (18 October 2013). "Byron burger chain sold in £100m deal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.byronhamburgers.com/find/
  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".
  13. ^ "Byron Burgers owner sells majority stake in rescue deal". The Telegraph. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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