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By M&C Report team2011-11-18T09:35:00+00:00
While the reopening of indoor dining is good news for operators, it will be against a background of “much of the hospitality sector remaining on the precipice of major failure”, according to Jeremy King, co-founder and CEO, Corbin & King.
Sector leaders have criticised the Government for once again “penalising hospitality” with its reopening strategy, forcing pubs and restaurants to wait a further three months before they can operate inside. The proposed reopening timeline has been branded “too little too late,” and “worse than the worst-case scenario” by operators from all corners of the sector, who have warned that without significant support in next week’s Budget, there will be a “devastating” fallout for businesses.
Travel hub operator SSP has simplified its menus by up to 50-60% during the pandemic, which could result in smaller menus remaining post-covid, according to an analysts’ note by Peel Hunt.
Whitbread is to open two further Bar + Block venues, its high street steakhouse business, taking its portfolio to 17 sites.
Megan’s, the neighbourhood restaurant business, is looking to recruit 100 new team members, including a people director and operations director.
Comptoir Group has closed four sites and is due to close a further two as a result of the pandemic.
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