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What Happened in the London Restaurant World Last Week

The end of Eat Out to Help Out left restaurants wondering: What’s next?

Diners sit outside at tables on a street in Clapham, London
Will this continue when discounts finish?
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As the government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” discount scheme heads into the final week, its offer and outdoor dining have continued to boost restaurants. At the same time, with no sign of a scheme extension — or meaningful rent support — from the government, restaurants are starting to extend it on their own dime. Maybe customers will keep coming, but some restaurateurs fear that artificially inflating supply of customers will only see a sharper fall in demand when the bubble bursts.

  • As with last week, sunshine, outdoor dining, and the “Eat Out to Help Out” discount continued to bring a boost in morale and numbers. Pretty much all three of those things are only going to last through August, and the scheme’s success is therefore limited by design: it can’t ignore the longer term problems restaurants and their workers face.

  • But as the number of ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ meals claimed rises to 64 million, others worry that the prevalence of discounting will inure diners to unsustainable pricing and further distance them from the reality of food and wage costs.

  • At the same time, restaurant closures continued to gather momentum, as more independents that held out as long as they could were left with little other choice.

As for where to eat...

Until next week, eat well and be safe.

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