In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Texas restaurant trading near pre-Covid norm
Just two weeks after re-opening, bars and restaurants in Texas were trading just 32% below their pre-Covid norm, and that’s despite capacity limits.
Amsterdam restaurant to trial ‘quarantine greenhouse’ concept
A restaurant in Amsterdam is to trial a new safe dining concept, which will see customers sat in individual greenhouses with meals slid into each structure on a wooden plank.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
We round up the latest restaurant news from a third of on-trade bosses expecting to permanently close sites due to Covid-19, to burger delivery specialist Twisted London expanding its reach in the capital.
Google Maps adds new restaurant delivery and takeaway function
Google has updated its Maps app function to make it easier for users to see nearby restaurants and other stores offering deliveries and takeaways during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wine and spirits suppliers hopeful as US restaurants reopen
In spite of late invoices, importers and distributors plan to partner in getting the critical, but severely wounded, wine market back on its feet.
Caprice Holdings’ restaurants ‘can survive for a year’
Caprice Holdings, owner of The Ivy Collection and Sexy Fish, has said that it can meet liabilities for “at least 12 months”, but may require additional support from chairman Richard Caring.
22% of people would return to restaurants when they reopen
After reports in the UK that re-opening restaurants too early would be “counterproductive”, the latest data in the US shows that only 22% of people would return to such establishments as soon as business resumes.
Top restaurateurs argue re-opening early could be ‘counterproductive’
A letter addressed to cabinet ministers and signed by some of the UK’s top restaurateurs has warned that opening restaurants too early may be “counterproductive” and cause many businesses to fail.
One-table restaurant to open in Swedish field
A one-table restaurant, where meals are delivered in a basket on a washing line, is to open next month in a Swedish field.
Ed Sheeran launches ‘supermarket’ wine club
Ed Sheeran has launched a weekly wine club through his London restaurant Bertie Blossoms on Portobello Road flagging up top supermarket drops.
Social distancing could preclude foot-treading for Port
Highlighting one of the many unintended consequences of Covid-19 control, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership, Adrian Bridge, said that social distancing measures could preclude the foot-treading of grapes for vintage Port production.