FOOD and restaurant chains including KFC and Harvester are preparing to welcome back customers inside branches tomorrow.
It comes after Boris Johnson gave pubs, restaurants and cafes the green light to reopen from July 4.
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All restaurants and pubs were forced to shut in March following government orders, although they could stay open for takeaway and delivery.
Many chains decided not to, but then slowly reopened branches over the past few months.
Below are the food and restaurant chains that have announced they’re reopening for customers to eat-in on July 4.
If you’re keen to have a meal out, be aware that it won’t be quite business as usual with restaurants having to introduce social distancing measures to keep staff and foodies safe.
For example, tables will be spaced out to make sure customers can maintain social distancing.
You’ll also be guided around restaurants with floor markers, while restaurants will provide hand sanitiser stations.
Caffe Nero plans to reopen 400 of its 800 UK stores for eat-in customers on July 4.
You can find your nearest open Caffe Nero branch by using its store locator tool.
Customers won’t be able to order open salads or pizzettas, although you can still nab items such as pastries, sandwiches and drinks.
Caffe Nero said it’s simplified the menu in order to make it easier for staff.
Garden centre Dobbies is reopening restaurants in Northern Ireland on July 3 and branches in England on July 4.
This will be followed by reopenings in Wales on July 13 and Scotland on July 15.
Dobbies reopened its 54 of its garden centres in mid-May.
Five Guys is reopening selected branches in England for dine-in on July 4, it’s announced on Twitter.
It hasn’t yet confirmed how many branches though, so we’ll update this article once we get more details.
You can find your nearest Five Guys branch by using its store locator tool.
Hard Rock Cafe will reopen the doors to its Piccadilly Circus and Old Park Lane branches in London on July 4.
If you want to make sure you get a table, you can book one in advance on the Hard Rock Cafe website.
Harvester, which is owned by Mitchells & Butlers, will reopen “the majority” of its restaurants in England on July 4.
You can find your nearest open one by using its branch finder tool.
Harvester has more than 150 branches across the UK.
The restaurant chain is encouraging table bookings to help it manage the number of customers in a branch at any one time.
It’ll also come in handy if you don’t want to wait outside in a queue.
Just keep in mind that the chain is currently only allowing six people per online table booking in order to maintain safe distancing.
KFC is preparing to reopen restaurants for diners on July 4, but it won’t allow all of its 900 locations to reopen straight away.
It’s still working out how many restaurants it will make available for eat-in and which branches you’ll be able to dine-in at.
To find your nearest one, it’s worth checking its branch locator tool.
The popular steakhouse chain will be opening its doors to customers on July 4.
To avoid disappointment, it might be worth booking a table at your local.
You might want to be quick though, as fans on social media have suggested tables are booking up fast.
You can find your nearest one by using its restaurant finder tool.
M&S is reopening 118 of its cafes in England and Northern Ireland for dine-in on July 4.
A further 64 locations will also be open for takeaway-only hot drinks.
The posh supermarket first reopened 49 of its cafes for takeaway hot drinks in May.
Morrisons is reopening 320 of its cafes across England on July 4.
To celebrate, the supermarket has slashed the price of its fish and chip meal from £5.60 to £4.95.
Morrisons has just under 500 supermarkets across the UK.
Pret is preparing to reopen seating areas in all shops across England on July 4.
The cafe chain has over 500 stores in the UK.
Following lockdown on April 16 it reopened ten branches near hospitals to best provide food and drinks to NHS workers and has since reopened more for takeaways.
Toby Carvery restaurants in England are opening their doors to customers on July 4 for the first time since coronavirus lockdown began in March.
But fans in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on their favourite grub as the company isn’t reopening here yet.
Toby Carvery’s owner Mitchells & Butlers says 90 per cent of its sites are due to reopen by the end of July.
Wagamama will reopen one restaurant for dine-in on Saturday July 4, with three more to follow on Monday July 6 – we’ve listed them below.
If the reopenings are successful, the restaurant chain plans to have 18 restaurants open by the end of July.
The Japanese-inspired chain then hopes to have reopened all 152 branches by early September.
Wagamama has installed new sliding screens on tables to help protect customers.
It’s also temporarily axed ten menu items, including Wagamama ramen and salads.
YO! (formerly known as formerly YO! Sushi) is reopening five of its restaurants across England on July 4 for dining in.
These are located in Ashford, Cheshire Oaks, Guildford, Leeds, and Newcastle Grainger Street.
It then plans to reopen three branches per week. Yo! has 70 UK branches.
The chain has introduced new conveyor belts which will see food and drink whizzed straight from the kitchen to individual tables.
A traffic light system turns amber to tell customers when their food is on its way and then green when the food arrives in front of them.
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