Brasserie Bar Co., JKS Restaurants, Darwin & Wallace, Smith and Wollensky and Cosmo are the latest restaurant and bar groups to close all of their sites in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
In the last few hours, all four operators have made the decision to close their entire estate until further notice.
“It is with great sadness that we let you know we are now closed until further notice,” said Brasserie Bar Co. in a statement on its LinkedIn page. “Taking the advice from the government and the wellbeing of our guests and our teams into consideration, we feel it is our only option at this moment in time.”
The group, which will be closing its 20 White Brasserie pubs and 17 Brasserie Blanc restaurants, has reassured consumers that it has “strategies in place to get us through this crisis and out the other side so we look forward to being back, firing on all cylinders, as and when the time is right.”
JKS Restaurants is closing Hoppers, Lyle’s in Shoreditch, Flor in Borough Market, Berenjak in Soho, Trishna in Marylebone today.
Hoppers, the group’s three-site Sri Lankan concept, said on social media: “The situation seems to be increasingly challenging but we’re confident we will come out on the other side stronger and more resilient. In the meantime, a massive thanks to everyone who has supported us and sent us kind messages over the past couple of days — it’s not goodbye; but see you later!”
London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace will be closing its eight sites for the foreseeable future.
“Due to the latest developments with Covid-19, we have taken the decision to close all of our bars from now, until further notice,” MD Mel Marriot said in a statement on its website.
“Please take care, thank you for all of your support, we look forward to seeing you soon.”
Nathan Evans, Smith and Wollensky managing partner said he had made the “toughest decision of my thirty-year career” in deciding to close the restaurants, but that “the Government’s advice has clearly led us to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do, to stem the flow of the virus and protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
Whilst it has already closed six of its restaurants, as of Monday (23 March) buffet-restaurant concept Cosmo will temporarily close all of its 17 sites.
“Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of the community, we have taken the decision to temporarily close all Cosmo branches,” it said in a statement.
“We have had no confirmed cases amongst our staff but to ensure no spread in our restaurants, Cosmo will be temporarily closed.”
Smaller operators in the city are particularly suffering, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi announcing closures in the last 24 hours.
The three-strong restaurant operator said on social media: “as of now, we have closed Soho, Victoria and Canary Wharf restaurants until further notice and all our others remain open for eat in, click and collect and of course, Deliveroo.”
Other operators have opted for a partial closure approach, with to-go brands Pure and Abokado closing six and seven sites respectively.
“We are still open in 15 shops today, with limited opening hours,” Pure said in a tweet.
“We are sorry that six of our shops have had to close due to low sales. We are working on a plan to deliver to people’s home and an announcement will come later today.”
Abokado announced to twitter followers that 12 of its 19 stores remain open today, albeit with shorter opening hours.
“We continue to maintain the highest level of hygiene. Thank you to all our customers for your ongoing support,” it said.
London-based coffee concept Grind is also closing the majority of its locations with immediate effect. Its sites in Shoreditch, Exmouth Market and Greenwich will remain open for the time being to serve takeaway coffee and food.
As from tomorrow, the three remaining locations will be available on Deliveroo, and the brand is launching both a mobile ordering app and new click-and-collect website service.
“Our roastery remains open, and we are still roasting and shipping coffee every day as usual,” said David Abrahamovitch, CEO and founder, in a statement on its website.
”Thank you for your loyalty over the years, we look forward to welcoming you back to Grind when this is all over.”
Meanwhile Market Halls West End, Market Halls Victoria and all Kerb Markets have closed indefinitely.
Coronavirus closures continue
Brasserie Bar Co., JKS Restaurants, Darwin & Wallace, Smith and Wollensky and Cosmo are the latest restaurant and bar groups to close all of their sites in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Smaller operators in the city are particularly suffering, with the likes of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi and Grind announcing closures in the last 24 hours and other operators opting for a partial closure approach, with to-go brands Pure and Abokado closing six and seven sites respectively.