Soho Coffee Company, Harry Ramsden, Slim Chickens and Grind were some of the latest operators to reopen sites for takeaway last week.

The 40-strong organic coffee brand, Soho Coffee Company, opened two of its sites – in Cheltenham and on London’s Baker Street – on Tuesday (19 May).

Operating for takeaway-only, the business has installed Perspex screens at all till points, provided markers for 2 metre social distancing, and is offering a limited food menu.

Deep Blue Restaurants, the parent operator of Deep Blue and Harry Ramsden, opened Harry Ramsden sites in Bournemouth, Brighton and Eastbourne on Wednesday (20 May) for takeaway and delivery.

Last week, the group reopened seven Deep Blue restaurants, and has said the Ramsden sites will follow the same social distancing and safety measures.

Slim Chickens opened two sites this week, it’s Brunswick Square store on Wednesday and its Cabot Centre store, in Bristol, the following day.

The two stores will operate from 12pm to 9pm, for takeaway, click and collect and delivery, and the full menu offering will be available.

“Now that lockdown measures have been relaxed, we will be phasing the re-opening of our Slim Chickens estate,” said head of operations Richard Pigott, revealing that the Boparan-backed brand will announce reopening dates for its five remaining stores in the next few weeks.

London-based restaurant, coffee shop and bar brand Grind also initiated its reopening strategy on Wednesday.

The business opened its Greenwich store for takeaway and grab-and-go, serving coffee, juices and pastries as well as essentials including milk, fresh bread and eggs.

Operating hours will run from 8am to 4pm on weekdays, and 8:30am to 5pm on weekends, with customers given the option to pre-order through the brand’s new app.

The 4-strong fried chicken concept Other Side Fried has announced it is reopening its Brixton store from today (22 May).

The business had already been operating as delivery-only but is reopening its first store for walk-ins with a one-way system, cashless and socially distanced operation.

Alongside the new operator openings, several brands have ramped up their reopening strategies this week, moving from small-scale trial stages to much larger operations.

Wagamama reopened 24 sites on Thursday (21 May), with plans to open a further 20 next week.

In the first week, the sites will be open from 4pm to 9:30pm Thursday through Sunday, and thereafter Wednesday through Sunday, with the exception of Kensington and Peckham which are trialling a seven-day operation.

The business has also said it plans to open 97 sites altogether by the end of June – around half of its total estate.

KFC has opened 500 sites from today (22 May) – around 50% of its estate – for delivery.

Last month, the brand opened 100 of its sites for delivery, with 16 operating walk-in, but has since accelerated its reopening strategy to 400 in one week.

It will operate a limited menu and safety measures including two metre distanced work stations and Perspex screens have been installed.

Costa Coffee is set to reopen all of its drive-thru sites by the end of next week, opening 75 stores yesterday (21 May).

The coffee giant will open the remaining 58 sites for drive-thru next Thursday, bringing its total open estate to 212.

Nando’s has increased its open estate to 51 sites this week for click and collect and delivery.

In April, the business opened seven of its kitchens to help feed NHS workers, and subsequently opened them to the public – for delivery – before reopening a further 32 sites for delivery only earlier this month.

Five Guys was one of the few operators to keep a portion of its estate open through lockdown - keeping 13 sites operational for takeaway – and as of this week, the brand has opened 69 of its 100-strong estate.

The business opened a further four sites on Thursday (21 May) and is offering its full menu for click and collect and delivery.

On slightly smaller scales, several casual dining brands including Pho, Bone Daddies, The Breakfast Club, Tonkotsu and Meatliquor have also increased their number of open sites this week.

Meanwhile, operators including Paul, Giggling Squid, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and motorway service operator Moto have launched new click-and-collect services, available to consumers from their already-open locations.