Pan-Asian restaurant chain Wagamama launched a trial at some restaurants earlier this month after being forced to shut its doors to customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But now the chain has revealed plans to reopen 67 of its restaurants for deliveries by the end of next month.
It said it will now rapidly expand its delivery service after the “successful” trials in London and Leeds.
It will reopen 24 sites this Thursday 21 May, with a further 20 reopening on Thursday May 28.
The chain said it hopes to have 49 sites open for delivery by the start of June, with this expanding to 67 by the end of that month.
Will it be safe?
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on around, the reopening of any business needs to be a carefully planned, slow but steady operation.
Lockdown measures aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus are gradually being relaxed.
Some people have been allowed back to work and a number of restaurants and fast food outlets have re-opened for drive-thru, collections and deliveries.
Wagamama said it has devised a schedule of reopening new sites that will allow staff to slowly return to delivery-only work at their own discretion.
Emma Woods, Wagamama chief executive, said: “Over the past couple of months our focus has been on creating a safe working environment for our team members and our two-week trial has enabled our teams to return to work safely.
“The next logical step for us is to open additional sites throughout the UK, this will still very much form a test and learn approach for the business.
“The response of our return has been extremely positive and we look forward to our guests being able to get their Wagamama fix.”
Which outlets are reopening?
Wagamama said the following sites will open on 21 May:
- Great Marlborough Street
- Great North Finchley
- Manchester Spinningfields (including take-out)
- Nottingham (including take-out)
- Reigate (including take-out)
- St Albans
- Sheffield City Centre
- Fulham Broadway
- Putney (including take-out)
- Borough Market
Full list of branches opening 28 May:
- Bristol Cabot Circus
- Bristol Clifton
- Cardiff Library
- Birmingham New Street
- York City Centre