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Asia’s best restaurant for 2023 revealed, Sandwich chain Subway explores sale of business, US fast food chain Wendy’s is officially opening in Australia and more in top stories of the day.
Asia’s best restaurant for 2023 revealed
An eatery in the Thai capital won the top spot at the 2023 “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards, which were handed out at a ceremony in Singapore Tuesday night. Winning restaurant Le Du, led by owner and Thai chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, is a modern Thai-inspired eatery that offers a four- or six-course tasting menu focused on seasonal Thai ingredients. Number four on last year’s list, it rose three spots to take the 2023 crown. Tokyo restaurant Sezanne, famed for its regionally inspired French cuisine, came in second on the 2023 list. Last year’s first place winner, fellow Tokyo eatery Den, fell to the number four spot this year. Rounding out the top five was Bangkok-based Gaggan Anand, run by the legendary Kolkata-born chef of the same name.
The list – an offshoot of the global “World’s 50 Best” brand, is compiled by the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is made up of more than 300 food writers, critics, chefs and restaurateurs, all selected for their knowledge of Asia’s restaurant scene.
Asia’s 10 Best Restaurants for 2023
- Le Du (Bangkok)
- Sezanne (Tokyo)
- Nusara (Bangkok)
- Den (Tokyo)
- Gaggan Anand (Bangkok)
- Odette (Singapore)
- Florilege (Tokyo)
- La Cime (Osaka)
- Sorn (Bangkok)
- Narisawa (Tokyo)
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Sandwich chain Subway explores sale of business
Global sandwich chain Subway says it is exploring a possible sale of the business after almost six decades of family ownership. The firm has been growing rapidly for years but is now facing soaring costs and increased competition. A sale of the company could value it at more than $10bn (£8.2bn), according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story. Investment banking giant JP Morgan is advising Subway on the potential sale.
Subway was founded in 1965 as Pete’s Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut, by 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Peter Buck. It went through several name changes before finally being renamed Subway in 1972. Subway restaurants are owned and operated by franchisees, including thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Wendy’s fans rejoice! The US fast food chain is officially opening in Australia
US fast food giant Wendy’s has announced it plans to roll out “hundreds” of stores in Australia in the not-too-distant future. Speaking exclusively to the Australian Financial Review, Wendy’s chief development officer Abigail Pringle said she was convinced there was an appetite for the chain’s signature burgers, fries and frosty desserts Down Under.
At the moment, Wendy’s has around 7000 restaurants around the world, including in the US and Canada as well as Ireland and the UK, where it relaunched in 2021 after a two-decade pause following two previous launches.
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