KFC, Pizza Hut and Costa are among the latest operators to reopen some sites for eat-in this week.
Last month, KFC reached the 700 reopened store mark (of 950) for delivery or takeaway, and has since started reopening restaurant seating areas in sites across the UK.
On 4 and 5 July, the fast food brand reopened 151 restaurants for eat-in from Plymouth to Liverpool, all operating on a limited menu.
On top of new safety, distancing and sanitation measures, mobile ordering will be available in a selection of its sites, allowing consumers to order and pay through an app.
From Monday (6 July), Pizza Hut started a phased reopening of its restaurants, and has said it will aim to have the whole estate – about 230 restaurants – open by early August.
Having reopened 40 sites this week, the business has confirmed it will open a further 57 next Monday (13 July), followed by another 57 on 20 July.
To comply with government guidance, all self-service options have been removed from the restaurants, and consumers will be given the option to order and pay via their mobile.
Costa reopened 44 of its sites for eat-in on Thursday (9 July), and has said it will look to reintroduce the eat-in option across a further 1,000 stores by the end of the month.
All sites will operate on a first come first serve basis, and consumers will be asked to provide their details – to comply with the government’s track and trace request – before being seated.
Nando’s reopened 10 of its restaurants for eat-in on Wednesday (8 July).
Alongside familiar measures including limited seating and hand sanitiser stations, the business has introduced all-new QR code technology.
Rather than lining up outside the restaurant, consumers will be asked to scan a QR code, and will then receive a text when their table is ready. The code’s will also be used to ensure the sites remain cashless, and consumers will scan their allocated code to order and pay at their table.
Richard Caring-backed brands The Ivy and Bills have also announced further reopening plans this week.
Since reopening 17 of its restaurants on 4 July, The Ivy plans to reopen a further four – in Soho, Kensington, St John’s Wood and Tower Bridge – next Wednesday (15 July).
Sites will operate from 11.30am seven days a week, and will have stringent health and safety measures in place, including temperature checks and air filtration units.
Bill’s, which reopened just six restaurants last week, has said it will reopen a further 30 on Friday 17 July.
As with The Ivy, each restaurant will implement tracking software to log employees’ temperature readings, and dedicated members of staff will be appointed to ensure health and safety is maintained.
Also in casual dining, Dishoom and Zim Braai have announced all-new openings this week.
Dishoom Birmingham (which was supposed to launch on 1 April), is set to open for a soft launch next Saturday (18 July), whilst African dining concept Zim Braai launched its second site, in Bournemouth, this Tuesday (7 July).
In pubs and bars, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Inception Group and The New World Trading Company all announced reopening plans this week.
On Monday (6 July), Brewhouse & Kitchen opened for bookings in select sites across its estate.
Starting with Soutbourne, the pub group has opened one site every day this week, and has said it will open two per day next week.
Guests have been encouraged to pre-book, and each pub will operate with order and pay at table and table service.
Inception Group has reopened three of its four Mr Fogg’s sites this week, as well as its Cahoots Ticket Hall, which opened on Thursday (9 July).
Whilst no date has been set for the reopening of its Bunga Bunga and Maggie’s brands, the group has announced plans for a phased reopening of its estate through to October, with Barts, and additional Mr Fogg’s and Cahoots sites to reopen in the coming months.
The New World Trading Company opened six sites - The Oast House, The Club House, The Canal House, The Botanist Alderley Edge, Knutsford and The Florist Watford – on 4 July, and has since entered into its ‘phase two’ of reopening.
Today (10 July), the group is reopening four of its Botanist bars – in Marlow, Sheffield, Newcastle and Media City - and has said it will open its sites in Coventry and Warrington on Monday (13 July).
First week of dine-in reopenings
Following the sector’s official reopening date on 4 July, operators initiated dine-in reopening plans last week. KFC, Pizza Hut, Costa and Nando’s have all started reopening their seating areas, alongside fast-pace reopenings in the likes of The Ivy and Bill’s. In pubs and bars, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Inception Group and The New World Trading Company all announced reopening plans.