Hawksmoor is looking to launch an all-new delivery service as it prepares to open one London restaurant as “soon as practical.”

‘Hawksmoor at Home’ will initially launch in small numbers, as the business would “rather try and do something great than fast or in huge numbers,” before potentially rolling out on a larger scale.

The Graphite Capital-backed group has also said it plans to reopen one of its eight restaurants as soon as practical as part of a test-and-learn phase before reopening the rest of its estate.

With almost 700 of its workforce on furlough, the company said one of the “real joys” of reopening will be bringing those people back who are able to work.

“We’ve had four goals since we shut down in March,” said co-founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott. “Survive, bounce back, support our team and help others.”

“Surviving has been tricky. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has helped of course, but we haven’t been able to access the government-backed loan scheme yet, and have only had a very small number of positive conversations with landlords.

“But like Gloria Gaynor we will survive, and we’ve been part of talking to the government to try to make sure as much of our beloved industry survives too.

“Planning a bounce-back has kept us all going. The thought that not only will the restaurants reopen, but we’re going to try and do everything we can to make sure Hawksmoor is even better than before.

“This lock-down is a reminder that restaurants do so much more than feed us, they feed our souls. Restaurants are about people.”

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