Pret a Manger serves up new dinner menu for home time
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.
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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.