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By M&C Report team2008-05-11T19:35:00+01:00
With the hospitality sector gearing up for reopening after a long, hard winter, the last thing it needs is scores of guests not showing up for bookings. While some operators have put in place additional measures to confirm tables, the big unknown is whether people’s desire to escape their houses for a drink or a meal outside is strong enough to counter the discouraging effects of any less than clement weather.
Many operators are throwing everything they have at outdoor dining this April and beyond. But will the industry make hay while the sun shines or will the whole exercise be a damp squib?
In what is now a well-worn routine, Boris Johnson was last week the bearer of bad news, announcing a much slower than preferred roadmap reopening, with hospitality apparently at the end of the queue.
Speciality coffee shop concept District is launching a spin-off bar and restaurant concept Where’s Fred’s in the City of London.
Pubs are in a good position to really “put themselves in the shop window” and show customers that you can have a “relatively inexpensive, good fun time, down your local,” Clive Watson, chairman, City Pub Group has said.
Regional pub operator Beer & Coffee plots ten Pug pubs Co is opening its fourth leased pub with Star Pubs & Bars under its pug brand, with plans to grow the collection to ten overall.
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