9,930 licensed premises lost in UK last year
The coronavirus pandemic led to the permanent closure of 9,930 licensed premises last year, according to a recent report from CGA and AlixPartners.
HK cocktail bars offer lunch amid fourth pandemic wave
With bars across Hong Kong closed due to the current Covid-19 restrictions in the territory, some cocktail bars have started serving food instead.
London restaurants may not reopen until May
It may be as late as May before we see London restaurants and pubs reopening again, according to a government source quoted in The Sunday Times.
Pub boss urges government to use his venues as vaccination centres
Dermot King, the CEO of pub group Oakman Inns, has offered to forego his £250,000 government grant if his venues can be used as vaccination centres.
Takeaway alcohol sales banned in England
The government has banned takeaway and click-and-collect alcohol sales from hospitality outlets in England as the country goes into lockdown until mid-February.
BrewDog in talks with government over using pubs as vaccination centres
BrewDog has said it is in talks with the UK and Scottish governments about using its closed pubs as potential vaccination centres.
Maxwell’s Restaurants in liquidation
Maxwell’s Restaurants, owner of sites including Maxwell’s Bar & Grill London nightclub Café de Paris, has gone into liquidation.
Roganic and StreetXO have permanently closed
London has two more high profile restaurants, as Simon Rogan’s Roganic and StreetXO, the London outpost of Spanish chef David Muñoz, have both permanently closed.
297,000 UK hospitality jobs have been lost to Covid
Hospitality has emerged as the sector worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with nearly 300,000 hospitality workers in the UK losing their jobs this year.
Amuse-bouches: The latest restaurant news bites
In UK restaurant news: a new app for the hospitality sector launches, the commercial rent moratorium is extended and restaurateurs from the Midlands lobby the government for extra support.
110,000 US restaurants have closed due to Covid
Over 110,000 restaurants in the US – one in six – have been forced to close since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association.