Doncaster restaurant speak out about the ‘lasting impact on the already decimated hospitality industry’ following the news that Covid-19 restrictions will stay in place for a further month

A Doncaster restaurant shares how they have managed to fight back against the negative pandemic side effects that have hit the hospitality industry hard.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 9:16 am

The Harewood is situated in the lively civic quarter across from the brand new Savoy Theatre and Cast theatre.

Gareth Mitchell, general manager, said: “The most recent announcement from Boris Johnson will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the already decimated hospitality industry as a whole.

“2020 saw the industry lose 147,000 employees, with 10,000 licensed premises closing permanently, and the trend hasn’t slowed down.

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New hire Kris Shaw.
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“Without the promise of further financial support for affected businesses, this will undoubtedly cause further losses to one of the economy’s biggest contributors.

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“The figures are only set to get worse for as long as restrictions are in place, with no real end in sight.”At The Harewood they have fought against this by offering takeaway food and drink.They have managed to retain and train their staff and implemented a booking service.Excitingly they have also just hired a new service operations manager Kris Shaw.Someone who is well known to the Doncaster hospitality scene as he has previously worked at Woodfield Farm and Fish Bits.Gareth said: “It is a pleasure to have Kris on board with us.

“His personality, warmth and local knowledge will be a tremendous asset to the business and will provide the much needed personal touch with every single guest.

“It has been unfortunate that the hospitality industry has suffered at the hands of Covid-19

“There have been a lot of misconceptions in the public arena as to how the industry is recovering and operating, but we are confident that Kris will be able to allay these fears with our guests both regulars and new.”

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