The Secret Restaurateur on a sudden outbreak of virtue-signalling

This month, our industry insider suspects that some voluntary closures are a convenient means of covering up the fact that restaurants don’t have enough staff to reopen

Amid all the excitement of last week, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that restaurants actually reopened fully last year, on June 28 to be precise. It is hard to believe that a full year later, with five million doses of the vaccine administered, our customers will have less freedom in summer 2021 than they did in summer 2020.

While we welcome customers back indoors with open arms and a smile, the reality is that, yet ...