Pizza Express to reopen branches in the UK but will only offer new ‘edited menu’
Pizza Express will follow in the footsteps of other restaurant chains by opening up for delivery. Britons will be able tuck into fresh pizzas from next week but they will only be able to pick from a limited menu.
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Pizza Express temporarily closed branches in March as the government ordered the coronavirus lockdown.
While restaurants were allowed to stay open for takeaways, the chain completely closed its kitchens.
The announcement made on Twitter at the time said: “We’ve now taken the decision to temporarily close ALL our UK Pizzerias including our Deliveroo, Click & Collect & Takeaway service, effective immediately.”
However, pizza fans are in for a treat as branches will start to reopen for delivery only.
From Thursday 28 May, 13 restaurants in London will open to test how deliveries might work.
Full list of restaurants opening
Notting Hill Gate
Abbeville Road, Clapham
Wandsworth Trinity Road
Croydon George Street
New safety measures will be put into place to protect staff going back to work and customers.
However, this will mean only an “edited menu” will be offered to customers.
This will allow the restaurant chain to see how they can operate while maintaining social distancing.
Depending on how the trial goes, other Pizza Express branches could open in the UK.
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“We will do this to test and learn,” Managing director Zoe Bowley told industry newsletter Propel.
“Then it will enable us to programme the roll-out and ultimately pave the way for dine in the future.
“There has been huge rigour around all the right safety protocols so our teams feel comfortable.
“Then we can really demonstrate to customers how we are looking after the teams and ensure they trust the quality of the pizza they receive.”
Pizza Express will be the next in a long list of restaurants opening doors for delivery.
Wagamama has announced 67 branches will open across the country by the end of June.
Starting this week, the selected restaurants will be offering food for delivery.
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