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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A wave of hot new restaurants are launching across the country as the hospitality industry looks ahead to its recovery from the pandemic.From Brighton to Oxford, Stockport to Newcastle, chefs and restaurateurs are creating jobs and devising menus to accommodate the boom in customer bookings.Kent Barker, who is about to open Wilding wine bar and restaurant in Oxford, said “it is an exciting time” for the industry, with opportunities for independent businesses that would have been overlooked by investors before.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Previously, the space was a forgotten branch of Café Rouge.“What’s changed on the high street is there are opportunities now for people like me,” he told i.“Oxford University [which owns many prime locations in the city] will now look at us. We can afford it too as rents have gone down. They never would have considered us before all this – believe me, we tried.“Regeneration of the high street? We’re the answer. We’re innovative, sustainable, we’re buying local food and we’re creating 32 jobs, maybe more if we’re busy.” Read More ‘One metre-plus’ social distancing rule to be scrapped from 21 June under reopening plans In Newcastle, the chef Danny Parker spent lockdown cooking up Fern, a new concept in Jesmond Dene House hotel that uses the best produce available in the north of England, including Yorkshire duck and peas from the garden.He said diners are insatiable in wanting to get back out to eat, but a degree of caution has led to them craving simpler, more accessible food: “We want to be a neighbourhood restaurant – you can come in and have a bite to eat or have a drink at the bar, and spend £150 on three courses and wine or £30 on steak and chips and a glass.“We’re just so excited to be getting open. We want as many people as possible to visit, and we want to be hospitable again, welcoming people and showing them a good time. I think hospitality is so valuable.“There’s a mood in the air – people want to celebrate. And behind the scenes I’ve been talking to suppliers again and coming up with new dishes. It’s a great feeling to be able to do what I love.
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.Thankfully, his landlord gave him time to ensure Burnt Orange could open, and grilled octopus in harissa butter, and pork belly shawarma with pickled fennel will be served against the backdrop of the sea. Read More Fun, food and bigger jeans: my week of eating out as restaurants opened after lockdown Mr Helalat told i: “You wouldn’t be a restaurateur if you weren’t a gambler. They’re notoriously dangerous things, restaurants. The chances of losing are damn high.“But on we go. Another roll of the dice. Our landlord backed us and here we are – ready for guests to come in and celebrate. We’re hiring staff as we speak.”Sam Buckley, meanwhile, who owns the award-winning Where The Light Gets In in Stockport, is soon to launch a new bakery and party space round the corner in partnership with his pastry chef Rosie Wilkes.“It’s a bakery, and a pottery shop at the back,” he said to i. “Rosie is an incredible baker and any new business I do now will be 50/50 with the staff.“It will be a community, neighbourhood bakery, and we’re so excited to open.“At the weekends we’re going to have DJs playing cool records and serve natural wine and Roman pizza by the slice.“It feels rejuvenating. Our chefs are champing at the bit to cook again. We’re full of ideas, we’re stocking cellars. We’re having new people join us and hiring lots of people.“There’s no looking back.”
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