Yo!, Prezzo and Byron are some of the latest casual dining operators to temporarily close their doors.
“It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later,” announced Yo! on its social media this morning.
The sushi brand has closed 54 of its sites, with the remaining 16 – almost all outside central London – operating on restricted hours and a reduced menu.
For customers who don’t want to come in-store, it is increasing its delivery and collection capabilities to include Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.
Prezzo will be closing all of its 180 stores nationwide “during this COVID-19 crisis.”
“Our Prezzo people will be working in their usual committed fashion to temporarily close our restaurants down in an orderly and planned manner,” said Karen Jones, CEO.
“Those same Prezzo people are at the centre of my thinking and our planning. We appreciate the support of all stakeholders. I want us to return stronger than before and with renewed determination to deliver our mission – every customer leaving wanting to return. And return we will.”
Byron has closed all eat-in restaurant and will become Deliveroo-only for the time being in 35 of its 51 sites.
“This is a sad decision for us to make.,” read a statement on its website. “
We love nothing more than bringing people together over proper burgers and a proper good time. But, the health and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and community always comes first.”
Smaller chains are also suffering closures.
Vietnamese restaurant brand Pho will be closing its 30 dine-in sites to focus on Deliveroo and Pho to go.
Darts concept Flight club has also announced the closure of its UK and US sites.
On a statement on its Instagram, the six-strong brand said the closure would be “for the foreseeable future.”
“This is a truly challenging time for the hospitality industry, as well as many others. We’re doing our utmost to protect every job that we can in our business and we’re hopeful for more positive news from the government for our industry.”
Independent bar and restaurant group Urban Leisure - which operates The Alice House, The Elgin and The Gallery to name a few - has announced all 10 sites will be closed until further notice.
Meanwhile, Thai restaurant chain Giggling Squid, which remains open for the time being, has launched its first dark kitchen operating out of Food Stars’ new facility in Wandsworth.
“In undoubtedly challenging times for the hospitality industry, we’re delighted that the business continues to thrive,” said co-founder Andy Laurillard.
”Our Wandsworth kitchen reflects our continued commitment to catering to our customers’ needs, investing throughout the business to ensure continued success. Whilst our priority will always be to welcome guests to eat in at our restaurants, delivery only kitchens will allow us to reach new audiences and test locations as we continue our ambitious business expansion.”
Yo!, Prezzo and Byron among latest casual dining closures
Yo!, Prezzo and Byron are some of the latest casual dining operators to temporarily close their doors. Byron and Yo! will continue to offer a delivery service, and 16 Yo! stores will remain open for the time being, albeit on restricted hours and a reduced menu. Darts concept Flight club has also announced the closure of both its UK and US sites.