Pret a Manger serves up new din­ner menu for home time

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Laura Onita and Hannah Ut­t­ley

PRET A Manger will start serv­ing salad bowls, lasagne, mac and cheese, and fish pie for din­ner for the first time next week.

The chain will be­gin the de­liv­ery tri­als from seven shops in­clud­ing Bris­tol, Cam­bridge and Not­ting­ham as well as a new kitchen space in Lon­don. A range of new and ex­clu­sive dishes will be avail­able from 5pm.

The sand­wich chain, like many other cafes and food-on-the go busi­nesses such as Greggs, has suf­fered from hav­ing to close branches tem­po­rar­ily.

Even af­ter re­open­ing, fewer cus­tomers have been com­ing in as most Pret sites are near of­fices in usu­ally busy city cen­tres. Many staff are still work­ing from home, while oth­ers are wor­ried about ven­tur­ing out­side. Pret’s din­ner menu is aimed at those who are at home all the time. It will give cus­tomers “more fill­ing op­tions for easy mid­week din­ners”, the com­pany said.

From Satur­day, cus­tomers will also be able to en­joy their cof­fee and sand­wiches at leisure as the chain re­opens seat­ing ar­eas in all branches in Eng­land. Ta­bles will be spaced one me­tre apart and will al­low a max­i­mum four peo­ple to sit to­gether. They will be sani­tised af­ter every use, as will trays. Pret has been op­er­at­ing 100 shops for take­away and de­liv­ery, with an­other 200 re­open­ing this month. Greggs, its cheaper ri­val, was also try­ing to tap into din­ner­time be­fore the lock­down.

Pret has about 8,000 em­ploy­ees and 430 shops in the UK, and is owned by JAB, a global con­sumer goods in­vestor.

u Ital­ian restau­rant op­er­a­tor Prezzo has be­come the lat­est food chain to ex­plore a po­ten­tial sale.

It has ap­pointed FRP Ad­vi­sory to over­see the process, Sky News re­ported, as it pre­pares to re­open 35 of its 180 restau­rants from to­mor­row, with the rest to fol­low over the sum­mer. Prezzo em­ploys around 3,000 peo­ple and is part-owned by US buy­out fund TPG Cap­i­tal.

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