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CEO warns of post-lockdown “hell” for UK restaurants

“Starting up, it’s going to be hell,” says Mark Selby, chief executive and co-founder of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. “A lot of people are going be nervous about coming out. We’ve all got to do our jobs in making people feel confident, making them feel safe, but also giving them that experience that hospitality is.” Restaurants and pubs across the UK have been hard-hit by lockdown measures that were introduced in March in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In England, the hospitality industry expects to be…

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Statue in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Lockdown opens out: Vilnius becomes city-sized fresh-air restaurant

Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, is to turn over many of its streets and open spaces to bars, restaurants and cafés to allow the catering industry to return to work, while people can maintain social distancing to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Many of the city’s public spaces – which until now have rarely been used for outdoor eating, such as the city’s Cathedral Square in the Unesco-listed Old Town – are now open to support the city’s restaurants. The announcement was made on Friday, and by Monday morning 162 business…

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Scaffold structure of the Edinburgh Christmas Market

Organiser’s triple threat to cancel Edinburgh Christmas Market

Correspondence obtained by the Evening News lays bare the fraying relationship between Edinburgh City Council and Underbelly Underbelly’s director threatened to cancel Edinburgh’s Christmas Market and Hogmanay three times as tense negotiations over the so-called ‘space deck’ endangered the Capital’s festive celebrations. Emails and letters obtained by the Evening News paint a picture of Edinburgh City Council and Underbelly facing significant internal and external pressure with relationships beginning to strain to “breaking point” as the scandal which rocked both organisations took hold. They also lay bare Underbelly’s concerns about the…

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