The leisure & hospitality sector has come a long way in recent years, and now those spots such as cinemas, theatres, theme parks, museums and Family Entertainment Centres recognise the growing importance of keeping their visitors well fed amongst their leisure activities. Ahead of The Happetite by MAPIC, RLI takes a look at the evolving industry and highlights just a few of the concepts that are making their mark in the industry.

The Happetite by MAPIC is the international forum for restaurant chains to expand their business, find new locations & meet new business partners: multi-site operators, franchise partners, private equity investors, property developers, etc. In 2021, the MAPIC Full Access Pass will give attendees access to The Happetite’s exhibition area at MAPIC and The Happetite’s full conference & events programme.
As the world begins to return to something resembling ‘normal’, leisure and hospitality concepts are now open again and they are evolving with the times to adapt to an ever-changing list of customer wants and needs. Guest expectations from leisure and hospitality experiences now also encompass many other areas of their visit, from safety and seamless online bookings, all the way to smooth parking and quality food and beverage experiences.
In an article by Bernard Kochen of Convious for Blooloop, he explains that in today’s day and age, more and more venues are realising that traditional hot dogs and burgers don’t really cut the mustard any longer. Many are now offering an outstanding food and beverage experience that goes way beyond having a few on-the-go food stands serving popular bites and snacks.

Boxpark, Croydon, London, UK
Boxpark, Croydon, London, UK


He continues by saying that along with the rise of the experience economy, sites such as theme parks, museums, FECs, zoos, and many other venues within the industry are realising the importance of not only keeping their visitors well-fed but also offering quality and unique experiences with it. This encourages people to stay longer in the attraction and increases in-venue spending.
Foodhalls, or F-Hubs as called by P-THREE in their report ‘F-Hubs: The New Generation of Foodhalls’, is another area that has seen monumental change because of the profound impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Called F-Hubs, where the F stands for both food and flexible use, their potential in the UK and across Europe are huge because of the simplicity of the concept and its ability to be positioned in small to medium-sized town centres and urban quarters.


Time Out Market is a dining-and-culture experience curated and vetted by the editors of the Time Out magazine. It’s a concept the Time Out Portugal team created in 2014, then launched inside the city’s historic market, Mercado da Ribeira. With eight bars, a dozen shops, a high-end music venue and 24 restaurants – all of Lisbon’s finest eateries were represented. The concept has since grown to include sites in Miami, Boston, New York, Chicago, Montreal and its latest opening in Dubai. Time Out Market Dubai picks up the baton and introduces the City of Gold to its own version of this tried-and-true culinary hub in Downtown’s Souk Al Bahar. Spread across 43,000sq ft, the curated dining destination encompasses 17 eateries, three bars, a sweeping outdoor terrace and so much more into one space that encompasses the best food, drinks and culture that has Dubai has
to offer.
Mercato Metropolitano is London’s first sustainable community market. For them, food is everything and they partner with social entrepreneurs who care about sustainability quality, traceability and ethical production just as much as they do. They think globally but act locally – regenerating forgotten urban areas with ideas and investment to revitalize the community. The pilot project took off in 2015 during the World Expo in Milan with the regeneration of a 150,000sq ft disused railway station, before their first site opened at Elephant & Castile in London in 2016. Their upcoming projects include three sites in London, two of which are now open and operating with one large market opening outside of London in the heart of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. The site in Germany is due to open in April 2022 within the Arkaden retail complex, which is currently undergoing a total refurbishment.

Eataly, London, UK
Eataly, London, UK


More than just a food court, shop or cookery school, the company Eataly launched back in May Eataly London, the company’s 40th site. It is a concept that has made its mark across the globe, with locations in 15 countries from Japan to Brazil. At the new London outpost, Pastries, gelato, bread, pasta and mozzarella – made from milk supplied by Rivermead Dairy in Devon – are made fresh on site daily. There are also fresh meat, cheese and fish counters and a bulk refill section – Eataly’s first packaging-free offering to date. Founded in 2007, Eataly was born from Oscar Farinetti’s idea to gather high-quality food at sustainable reasonable prices for all, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural and simple place to Eat, Shop, Learn, all under one roof. The name EATALY is a fusion of two words: EAT and ITALY. As a result, Eataly stands for ‘Eating Italian’ which encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease of preparing Italian dishes, and the many qualities Italy has to offer.
The company BrewDog is a multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland. Founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, today the company now operates over 60 sites in the UK, seven in the US and over 20 internationally. One of their latest launches is one of their fast-growing hotel sites, opened in Manchester back in August. Located in the city centre, just five minutes from the Northern Quarter, beer fans can indulge in 19 rooms of bespoke BrewDog touches, such as in-shower beer fridges, draught beer taps and fully-loaded mini-bar, plus an epic taproom with 30 taps of craft beer and a rooftop bar perfect for stargazing. As part of its overarching goal of carbon negativity, a living wall of 26,000 plants has been installed at DogHouse Manchester, echoing BrewDog’s mission to become the most sustainable drinks brand on the planet.

Mercato Metropolitano, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany
Mercato Metropolitano, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany


Beginning with the humble ethos of bringing shipping containers to east London, BOXPARK transformed the space into the world’s first pop-up dining and shopping destination in 2011. Fast-forward a decade with three venues at iconic locations; BOXPARK has become the biggest food, culture and social hub in London with local communities at its heart. This unique experience is based on their philosophy of Eat.Drink.Play. Earlier this year, the company announced that they had secured significant investment from leading mid-market private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) to help accelerate their expansion plans. LDC will support BOXPARK’s management team and help the company to achieve its ambitions of rolling out an additional 10 new sites across the UK over the next five years. Founded by Roger Wade, BOXPARK has evolved from being the world’s first pop-up mall to one of London’s most high-profile branded dining, leisure, and retail developments with three sites in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley.
Manifesto is a next-generation food market hall brand, at the intersection of food & beverage, real estate, technology and culture. Founded in 2018, the company create, design and operate food hubs with ghost kitchens admired as stylish places that provide a variety of gastronomic experiences in-market and online- for people who want to enjoy cool, exciting vibes, culture and high-quality customer experience. Manifesto is the brainchild and first hospitality project founded by landscape architect and entrepreneur Martin Barry.
We transform parking lots, brownfields and new developments with buzzing and vibrant concepts which present opportunities for chefs and become meeting hubs for residents.

Manifesto Market, Prague, Czech Republic
Manifesto Market, Prague, Czech Republic


Mercato Metropolitano is London’s first sustainable community market. For them, food is everything and they partner with social entrepreneurs who care about sustainability quality, traceability and ethical production just as much as they do. They think globally but act locally – regenerating forgotten urban areas with ideas and investment to revitalize the community. The pilot project took off in 2015 during the World Expo in Milan with the regeneration of a 150,000sq ft disused railway station, before their first site opened at Elephant & Castile in London in 2016. Their upcoming projects include three sites in London, two of which are now open and operating with one large market opening outside of London in the heart of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. The site in Germany is due to open in April 2022 within the Arkaden retail complex, which is currently undergoing a total refurbishment.
More than just a food court, shop or cookery school, the company Eataly launched back in May Eataly London, the company’s 40th site. It is a concept that has made its mark across the globe, with locations in 15 countries from Japan to Brazil. At the new London outpost, Pastries, gelato, bread, pasta and mozzarella – made from milk supplied by Rivermead Dairy in Devon – are made fresh on site daily. There are also fresh meat, cheese and fish counters and a bulk refill section – Eataly’s first packaging-free offering to date. Founded in 2007, Eataly was born from Oscar Farinetti’s idea to gather high-quality food at sustainable reasonable prices for all, celebrate Italian biodiversity, and create an informal, natural and simple place to Eat, Shop, Learn, all under one roof. The name EATALY is a fusion of two words: EAT and ITALY. As a result, Eataly stands for ‘Eating Italian’ which encompasses the history and the food culture of Italy, the ease of preparing Italian dishes, and the many qualities Italy has to offer.
The company BrewDog is a multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland. Founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, today the company now operates over 60 sites in the UK, seven in the US and over 20 internationally. One of their latest launches is one of their fast-growing hotel sites, opened in Manchester back in August. Located in the city centre, just five minutes from the Northern Quarter, beer fans can indulge in 19 rooms of bespoke BrewDog touches, such as in-shower beer fridges, draught beer taps and fully-loaded mini-bar, plus an epic taproom with 30 taps of craft beer and a rooftop bar perfect for stargazing. As part of its overarching goal of carbon negativity, a living wall of 26,000 plants has been installed at DogHouse Manchester, echoing BrewDog’s mission to become the most sustainable drinks brand on the planet.

DogHouse Manchester, UK
DogHouse Manchester, UK


Beginning with the humble ethos of bringing shipping containers to east London, BOXPARK transformed the space into the world’s first pop-up dining and shopping destination in 2011. Fast-forward a decade with three venues at iconic locations; BOXPARK has become the biggest food, culture and social hub in London with local communities at its heart. This unique experience is based on their philosophy of Eat.Drink.Play. Earlier this year, the company announced that they had secured significant investment from leading mid-market private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) to help accelerate their expansion plans. LDC will support BOXPARK’s management team and help the company to achieve its ambitions of rolling out an additional 10 new sites across the UK over the next five years. Founded by Roger Wade, BOXPARK has evolved from being the world’s first pop-up mall to one of London’s most high-profile branded dining, leisure, and retail developments with three sites in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley.
Manifesto is a next-generation food market hall brand, at the intersection of food & beverage, real estate, technology and culture. Founded in 2018, the company create, design and operate food hubs with ghost kitchens admired as stylish places that provide a variety of gastronomic experiences in-market and online- for people who want to enjoy cool, exciting vibes, culture and high-quality customer experience. Manifesto is the brainchild and first hospitality project founded by landscape architect and entrepreneur Martin Barry.
We transform parking lots, brownfields and new developments with buzzing and vibrant concepts which present opportunities for chefs and become meeting hubs for residents.