By M&C Report team2010-08-24T08:49:00+01:00
It’s an oft-told observation that coronavirus and the work from home directive has led to empty city centres but thriving suburban neighbourhoods.
Mitchells & Butlers has announced 1,300 of its staff have been made redundant as it deals with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The 1,700-strong group, which operates brands including Harvester, All Bar One and Toby Carvery, began redundancy consultations with a number of staff last month, and has since started working with advisors CBRE to close up to 20 leasehold pubs and restaurants. The job cuts came as M&B revealed its financial results for the year to 26 September, which saw pre-tax losses of £123m, compared to a profit of £177m in 2019.
Mitchells and Butlers has reported a 34.1% sales fall compared to last year, coming in at £1,475m. It made a pre-tax loss of £123m compared to a profit of £177m last year. “Throughout a very uncertain and challenging year our businesses and teams have adapted quickly, creating a safe environment for guests and putting us in a strong position to benefit when consumers are able to eat out again,” said CEO Phil Urban.
In usual times, an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to operating a business as successful and celebrated as Dishoom makes sense. But 2020 has been anything but usual, and despite its initial reluctance to drift from the carefully curated roll-out program that’s seen the Indian restaurant concept emerge as a well-established industry darling over the last ten years, in March the business announced it would be launching a collection and delivery option, for the very first time. It now boasts seven delivery-only kitchens, opening its latest in Brighton last week, and as co-founder Shamil Thakrar tells MCA, the business doesn’t intend to stop there.
Tomahawk restaurant group will open its debt restaurant in London this week.
M Restaurants, the Rare Restaurants-owned brand, has announced it plans to use robot waiters alongside staff at its two London sites upon reopening. Through December, M Threadneedle Street and M Victoria Street will make use of the robots – named Bailey and Sage – to serve champagne to customers, travelling between the bar and tables delivering flutes and bottles. The bots will also offer seasonal greetings, and have the option to display personalised messages to guests.
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