By M&C Report team2010-04-29T14:03:00+01:00
England will be left with just a fraction of its pubs being able to trade in conditions resembling normal, the country set to go back into “lockdown in all but name”.
The pandemic will wipe £14bn from the pub sector in 2020, but the market is forecast to make a tentative recovery in 2021, Lumina Intelligence reports.
Whitbread may halve the number of jobs cuts it announced, due to the extension of the furlough scheme and vaccine breakthrough, The Times reports.
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.
Taco Bell will open its first digital-only restaurant in the UK next week in Wembley.
Should there ever be demand for a hospitality ‘how to’ guide on responding to a global pandemic, the Bao team could write a pretty strong one. Since those initial virus rumours began to circulate at the beginning of this year, the London-based Taiwanese restaurant group didn’t waste any time in mobilising a response. In March, the then four-strong brand – with restaurants in Soho, Borough and Fitzrovia, plus a ‘Bao Bar’ in Hackney’s Netil Market – announced it was due to open its first all-day dining concept, Café Bao, in Kings Cross. Not ideal timing, but as co-founder Shing Tat Chung tells MCA, undeterred by the Kings Cross set back and estate-wide closure, the business set about pursuing a different avenue of opportunity.
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