D&D London is to reopen 17 of its restaurants on 4 July, pending the lifting of government restrictions.

Located in London, Manchester and Leeds, the venues will kickstart the return of the group’s wider portfolio. Its other UK restaurants, as well as those in New York and Paris, will reopen through August and September.

D&D’s co-founder and CEO Des Gunewardena confirmed that all restaurants will adhere to government safety guidelines. These include the adjustment of restaurant layouts to allow for physical distancing; enhanced cleaning regimes; hand sanitising facilities, and electronic menu and contactless payment. Staff safety will also be a priority, with daily wellness checks for all employees and PPE for front-of-house staff serving guests.

“It’s been a tough few months since we had to close our restaurants back in March. We’ve kept ourselves busy in lockdown with our various volunteering initiatives for the NHS. We’ve also been busy remodelling our venues to comply with the requirements of the new world we find ourselves in,” says Gunewardena.

“We have no illusions about how challenging it’s going to be, but we are also excited about finally reopening. D&D’s restaurants are known not just for the food and service but also for design and atmosphere. This will not have changed when we welcome back our first customers.

Yes, some of the restaurants will look slightly different and service will need to comply with safety guidelines, but we will do our best to give our customers a fun and relaxed experience. Many of the restaurants we are opening in the first phase have outdoor terraces so we are also praying for the glorious lockdown weather we’ve enjoyed so far, to continue long into summer.”

D&D restaurants opening on 4 July are as follows:

14 Hills; Bluebird Chelsea; Madison; Skylon; Fiume; Orrery; Radici; Butler’s Wharf Chop House; Cantina del Ponte; Le Pont de la Tour; Coq d’Argent; German Gymnasium; Paternoster Chophouse

Crafthouse; Angelica; East 59th; Issho

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