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Dine out to help guests book the last few days with 50% off


Restaurant chains are extending the 50 percent discount to the next month by paying the costs themselves, while the Treasury Department continues to take care of the bill.

At least £ 336 million has already been demanded from restaurants after diners at 84,000 outlets participating in the program received an average of £ 5.25 off.

The success in encouraging people to leave their homes Monday through Wednesday this month has led business leaders to call for an extension through September, with the government paying the cost.

Diners have again reported that restaurants are fully booked as people rush to take advantage of the program and up to £ 10 off per dinner before its last day on Bank Holiday Monday.

Some chains – like Harvester, Toby Carvery, Bill & # 39; s, the Three Cheers Pub Company, Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery, and the Q Hotels Group – are renewing the contract with the same discounts but will pay the bill themselves.

The move is the last roll of the die for many restaurant chains, which are swaying on the edge and had to close their shops after the pandemic.

And today, the virus claimed another victim on Main Street as Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca is said to close more than a third of its restaurants.

click Here to display an interactive map with the 84,000 restaurants involved

People queue outside a McDonald & # 39; s in Bristol today while customers make the most of the deal

A large queue forms outside of Nando in Bristol as customers try to get the most out of the business

A large queue forms outside of Nando in Bristol as customers try to get the most out of the business

People wanting to make the most of Eat Out to Help Out line up in Notting Hill this afternoon

People wanting to make the most of Eat Out to Help Out line up in Notting Hill this afternoon

People wait outside a Wagamama store in Birmingham today as they go out for lunch

People wait outside a Wagamama store in Birmingham today as they go out for lunch

One last roll of the dice? Chains that continue the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

  • Harvester
  • Toby Carvery
  • Bills
  • Three Cheers Pub Company
  • Stonehouse pizza and carvery
  • Q Hotels Group
  • Signature Pub Group
  • True North Brew Co.
  • Cityglen pubs
  • The coconut tree
  • 56 North Edinburgh
  • Smith's Restaurant, Uddingston
  • Peru Perdu, Manchester
  • Craft Dining Room, Birmingham
  • The wilderness, Birmingham
  • SIX, Cambridge
  • Harleys Smokehouse in Staffordshire

Twitter user Fee said: & # 39; Literally every pub and restaurant in Shrewsbury is fully booked tomorrow night! #EatOutToHelpOut. I just want a steak. & # 39;

Another hopeful dinner said he was spending a couple of nights with his wife in Ripon, North Yorkshire, where all the restaurants in the city center were "heavily booked".

Diner Danielle Hughes, 24, a student from Livingston, West Lothian, estimates she has already saved £ 150 while eating out every Monday through Wednesday this month.

She told BBC News: “I was just trying to make the most of it. It was all very good. Even all of the places that were very busy all had super good customer service. & # 39;

But she added, “I'm not going out at all in September. In September I'll probably be eating at home for the whole month. & # 39;

The Treasury Department said more than 64 million meals have been consumed by guests since Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched the program earlier this month.

10.5 million meals were consumed in the first week before rising to a total of 35 million in the first two weeks.

A total of 87,000 claims have been made by restaurants and cafes that have joined the program, the Treasury Department said.

Questions and Answers: When can you eat to help?

When is it available?

It runs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from August 3rd to 31st.

What is it?

A 50 percent discount on meals up to a maximum saving of £ 10 per dinner.

What are the limitations?

No discount on alcoholic beverages or service fees.

Do I need a voucher?

No. The discount is automatically applied by the participating point of sale. The savings can be used alongside other offers and discounts.

How do I find participating sales outlets?

The Treasury Department has set up a postcode finder that lists branches that offer a program within a three-kilometer radius – here

But city centers have been hit by hundreds of restaurant closings like Pizza Express, Frankie & Benny & # 39; s and Bella Italia.

Success in encouraging guests to leave their homes has led business leaders to call for an extension into September.

Traffic data from Tom Tom shows that more people were traveling to cities across the country on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to get the most out of the program.

Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said, “This program really helps bring people into small businesses.

"A nationwide extension of one month would help many companies that still have little to do in this time of crisis."

Mr. Sunak said, “Today's numbers continue to show the British support hospitality. With more than 64 million discounted meals, that equates to nearly every person in the country eating out to protect jobs.

“This program has reminded us how much we love to eat out and how it helps protect the jobs of nearly two million people who work in the hospitality industry.

"I urge everyone to continue to eat safely wherever they can while the program remains open."

Claims from the first two weeks of the program cost around £ 180 million, according to HMRC.

David Page, Co-Chairman of Fulham Shore, owner of Franco Manca, said, “Eat Out to Help Out immediately increased our restaurant customer base by over 50 percent and allowed us to get everyone back to work.

"In fact, we are now creating new jobs by hiring and training more people as quickly as possible."

Andy Laurillard, managing director of Giggling Squid, a Thai restaurant chain, said, "The Eat Out to Help Out program has helped us avoid layoffs and we don't have any of our 950 employees on vacation."

Guests dine outside a restaurant in Notting Hill, West London today and are given a discount

Guests dine outside a restaurant in Notting Hill, West London today and are given a discount

In Covent Garden London today, people are using the Eat Out to Help Out program

In Covent Garden London today, people are using the Eat Out to Help Out program

Covent Garden restaurants, bars and cafes were full this afternoon as people enjoyed their discounted meals

Covent Garden restaurants, bars and cafes were full this afternoon as people enjoyed their discounted meals

LONDON: Tom Tom's traffic data shows people who are out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings while making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out program

LONDON: Tom Tom's traffic data shows people who are out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings while making the most of the Eat Out to Help Out program

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Wahaca is said to close more than a third of the restaurants

Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca is set to close more than a third of its restaurants after becoming the newest restaurant firm to be hammered by Covid-19.

The group, founded by former Masterchef winners Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, announced on Wednesday that it will close ten of its 28 locations. The founders said in an email to employees that they wanted to "try to save jobs" wherever possible.

Locations in London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Chichester and Southampton are slated for closure after "substantially" running out of cash reserves in the past four months.

It is said that rent as a percentage of sales at downtown locations has increased dramatically, making some of these restaurants "unsustainable".

The group therefore said it has decided to only reopen restaurants that it believes will not lose money, even if sales are significantly reduced, so as not to "endanger the entire company and every job."

David Gallacher, Director of Harvester, Toby Carvery and Stonehouse Pizza and Carvert said, “We are absolutely delighted with the way our loyal guests supported us in August and made the most of a great government initiative.

“Each of them really helped our restaurants get back on their feet after such a long period of closure and we are extremely grateful that they decided to visit us again after such a long period.

“We wanted to say a big thank you to them and we believe the best way to do this is to keep the great deals on and allow all of our guests to get another 50% off on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get on the net in early September. & # 39;

Harvester operates 174 restaurants across the UK, while Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery has 97 outlets and Toby Carvery has 154 locations.

Today, Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca announced that it will close more than a third of its restaurants after becoming the newest restaurant firm to be hammered by Covid-19.

The group, founded by former Masterchef winners Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby, said it will close ten of its 28 locations.

The founders said in an email to employees that they wanted to "try to save jobs" wherever possible.

A spokesman said there are currently no plans to extend the Eat Out to Help Out program until September.

Locations in London, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Chichester and Southampton are slated for closure after "substantially" running out of cash reserves in the past four months.

It is said that the rent as a percentage of sales for downtown locations has increased dramatically, making some of these restaurants "unsustainable".

Customers receive a 50% discount on food or soft drinks to eat or drink as part of the program, in which guests flock to their favorite restaurants

Customers receive a 50% discount on food or soft drinks to eat or drink as part of the program, in which guests flock to their favorite restaurants

A large number of people are taking advantage of the program this afternoon in Covent Garden, London

A large number of people are taking advantage of the program this afternoon in Covent Garden, London

How you can get an additional € 5 discount on your meal with an Amex card

American Express is providing customers with £ 5 cashback for spending £ 10 or more in small stores, which can be used in conjunction with the government's Eat Out To Help Out program. This means that you can buy a meal for £ 20, get £ 10 at the restaurant through the government discount, and then get another £ 5 cashback through Amex – meaning you only pay £ 5 for the meal.

A couple using two different Amex cards could split the bill so they could both get £ 5 cashback as long as they spend at least £ 10 each on their card. The program allows you to qualify up to ten times for £ 5 cashback. This means that up to £ 50 is available to each customer. You can only use the offer once at each dealer. The cashback is funded by Amex, not the business.

The group therefore said it has decided to only reopen restaurants that it believes will not lose money even if sales are significantly reduced so as not to "endanger the entire company and every job."

Wahaca is currently considering a voluntary arrangement (CVA) restructuring to simplify its cost-saving plan.

The announcement comes after a number of the restaurant chain's competitors, including Byron Burger and Pizza Express, announced permanent closings after the lockdown.

Earlier this week, Wetherspoons warned that despite a "rapid acceleration" in sales this month, the coronavirus crisis would be in the red thanks to the Eat Out To Help Out program.

The pub chain told investors that sales of equivalent bars and groceries for the 44 days ended Aug 16 were 16.9 percent lower than the same period last year.

The slump came despite 844 of its 873 pubs opening after they closed in March when the virus lockdown was put in place.

Wetherspoons founder and chairman Tim Martin, 65, said the loss of business expects a loss for the year ended July 26.

But, like other pubs and restaurants, trading at Wetherspoons has improved this month after the Eat Out To Help Out program was launched.

Which chains and restaurant groups are registered for the Eat Out To Help Out program?

Atalian Servest

Atlas Hotels

Bakers + baristas

Bannatyne Health Club

Bar + grills

Bills

Black sheep coffee

Blue diamond

Boparan Restaurant Group

Brains

Brow dog

Burger King

Buzz Bingo

CH & CO

Caffè Nero

Center Parcs

Coffee # 1

Company of cooks

The Cornish Bakery

Costa coffee

Crussh

Cote Brasserie

D&D London

David Lloyd Clubs

Deep blue fish and chips

Dobbies garden center

Euro garages

Every man

Five types

Franco Manca

Fullers

G1

GAIL's bakeries

Giggling squid

Gourmet burger cuisine

Green King

Grosvenor Casinos

Hall & Woodhouse

oasis

Hollywood Bowl

Honest burgers

Hydes

JD Wetherspoon

JW Lees

Joe & the juice

Joseph Holt

Juries Inn

KFC

Kew Green Hotels

Leon restaurants

MacDonald Hotels

Marstons

MC Donalds

McMullen

Mecca

Mitchells & Butlers

Morrisons – Cafe and Barista Bar

New World Trading Company

Parking holidays

Patisserie Valerie

Pho

Pizza Express

Pizza Hut

Pret A Manger

Prezzo

Beat

Revolution Bars Group

Raj Douth

Raj Gate

Road chief

Selfridges & Co.

Shepherd Neame Ltd.

Spice garden

St. Austell Brewery

Starbucks

TGI on Fridays

Team sport

Tenpin

The ivy collection

The National Trust

Tony Macaroni

tortilla

Turtle Bay

Vacherin

Village hotels

Viva Italia

Wagamama

Wasabi

Wild forest

YO sushi

Youngs

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