Wagamama signage

UK restaurant chain warns one in ten sites will not reopen this year

The company behind Wagamama and Frankie & Benny’s has warned that one in 10 of its sites will not reopen this year. The Restaurant Group said the sites, which are mostly at airports, will open in 2021 at the earliest because “footfall is anticipated to remain considerably weak” until then. It is not clear what this means for staff at the affected restaurants, as the government’s furlough scheme is due to end in October. The restaurant chain has branches all over the UK. Of the group’s other sites, one in…

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Sports bar concept planned for central Manchester

Arc Inspirations, which owns the Banyan and Manahatta brands, plans to open the fourth branch of its Box Bar concept in an 8,000 sq ft unit in the recently completed 125 Deansgate, a 117,000 sq ft mixed-use building in Manchester.   Spread across the ground and first floor of a unit that fronts Brazennose Street, the city centre site marks the sports bar brand’s first venture outside Leeds, where three of its sites are already operational.  On Deansgate, the main bar will be located on the ground floor, according to the planning application submitted to Manchester City…

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Market Halls, Victoria

Biggest UK food halls say reopening is “impossible”

Market Halls, the company which operates three of the biggest food halls in the U.K., has announced that its sites on Oxford Street, in Victoria, and Fulham will remain closed. It will now begin the process of redundancy for all staff having concluded that there is no viable path to reopening with social distancing rules in place. A statement sent to Eater this afternoon says that ongoing uncertainty and a loss of shoppers and workers from London means that the indoor food markets will remain closed until further notice. Due…

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