Richard Caring's iconic Mayfair restaurant reopened tonight with an express curfew dinner after the businessman busted Boris Johnson's new lockdown restrictions.
34 Mayfair today welcomed the Londoners and presented a menu of dishes from a new rotisserie grill with lock-friendly opening times.
Perhaps the most notable part of the reopening, however, is two characters of Boris Johnson waving to Union Jacks in front of the restaurant and recreating his infamous zip stunt.
The excavation comes after Mr Caring busted the government's decision to impose the curfew and criticized the Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Diners and passers-by take photos of a Boris Johnson mannequin in Richard Caring's Mayfair restaurant
The two characters attracted a lot of attention, and people bustled outside the restaurant after spotting them
Richard Caring positioned two characters of Boris Johnson waving the Union Jacks in front of his Mayfair restaurant when it reopened today, recreating the Prime Minister's infamous zip wire stunt
Guests can see the new Boris characters when visiting the restaurant.
The restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
There will also be an express menu for guests to eat three courses in less than an hour – and make sure they are out of the restaurant before the 10pm curfew.
There are a variety of options on the menu, including starters like tartar steak with quail egg, main courses made with free range Wiltshire chicken, and desserts like salted caramel truffles.
The reopening comes after Mr Caring imposed the government's coronavirus curfew.
Speaking to the Daily Mail last week, he said, “The naive and ignorant government decision to close pubs and restaurants after 10pm will wreak havoc in an industry that is already on its knees.
& # 39; Far from controlling the coronavirus, it could drive infection rates higher. And it's going to cost tons of jobs ahead of Christmas, probably more than a million.
"Make no mistake, this is a disastrous decision made by people who don't understand the terrible damage they are doing to the country."
A few days later, Mr Caring, who also owns Ivy, Annabel and Le Caprices, said that the situation for the country was now "super dire".
Workers move the Boris Johnson figures in Richard Caring's Mayfair restaurant on Thursday evening
The excavation comes after Mr Caring busted the government's decision to impose the curfew and criticized the Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Mr. Caring is also the owner of Ivy, Annabel & # 39; s and Le Caprice with Mrs. Patricia. He has criticized the government's handling of the pandemic
Pub bosses have warned the restrictions will result in thousands of job losses
He said, “We are really at a crisis point with very little direction. I'm afraid it looks super bleak. There has to be a compromise that will prevent the economy from being so badly damaged that no return is possible. & # 39;
Mr Caring's Caprice Holdings mobilized an incredible 700 volunteer army to help staff deliver 75,000 meals a week to NHS heroes and the vulnerable at the height of the pandemic in May.
The company used Ivy and Bills' offices in cities like London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham to produce up to a million meals.
Mr. Caring, who is from North London and built his fortune importing clothing from Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s, said at the time: “This is a time of reflection, patience, understanding, collaboration, trust, of faith and most important of all; Action!
"We have a center in London for collective kitchens and brands and tentacles across the UK. We are blessed to have the most amazing employees and suppliers who really want to help, even if there are risks involved."
Scott & # 39; s, Annabel & # 39; s and Sexy Fish made 7,000 meals a week for NHS frontline workers and the vulnerable amid the pandemic. Volunteers put bags of ready-made meals on a table in Annabel's garden before they are delivered
Mr Caring is one of several hospitality leaders to break Boris Johnson's curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10pm.
Patrick Dardis, managing director of Young & # 39; s pub group, said: "It seems like the government only encouraged the UK to get back to work a few days ago." In a knee-jerk face, however, he has managed to undo all of his good work – while fostering a climate of fear when it looked like normality was returning.
"In the meantime, instead of preventing broadcasts, the new pub and restaurant curfew will push drinkers and guests from Covid-safe venues into each other's homes and possibly even into illegal raves."
"There is simply no logic behind the new restrictions. Especially when British companies are in need of political leadership, the government has pushed the self-destruct button."
Hugh Osmond, founder of Punch Taverns and Various Eateries PLC, said: "After the government imposed a 'restaurant curfew' at 10pm, you might think that diners are more likely to spread Covid as midnight approaches.
"But that's just not the case. In the real world, last week's current PHE infection survey recorded 228 Covid incidents in nursing homes, compared to just 25 in all grocery stores and restaurants. The Prime Minister's admonition, people back off Working from home is also evidence-free.
In fact, the only sure outcome is that it will continue to jeopardize the UK economy – pissing young people off, closing thousands of small businesses and ultimately costing more lives in the medium term than ever before. " save. & # 39;
Pub bosses have warned the restrictions will result in thousands of job losses, while company executives say the curfew is hammering sales, increasing infection rates and being implemented without a scientific basis.
On Thursday, the curfew's impact on the hospitality industry was revealed in data from CGA based on a survey of 7,000 venues.
Venue revenue declined 37 percent last Friday compared to the same day in 2019, and sales remained below 75 percent of normal levels for each of the four days after the curfew was enforced.
Greg Clark, chairman of the Commons Science Committee, called for "transparency" about the council when a Conservative council chairman said the industry was "at the mercy of the lions".
In a letter to Minister of Health Matt Hancock and Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance, Mr Clark said, “It is important that the government be transparent about the scientific advice it relies on to inform policy decisions so that the rationale for it is seen and can be understood. & # 39;
He added, "Science moves forward through openness and strict scrutiny, and it is important that the government take that approach during the pandemic."