Pizza Express to re-open 118 branches on April 12 - is Doncaster on the list?

Pizza Express has named 118 restaurants which will re-open on April 12.
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The company, which shut its doors to walk-in visitors in January, said stores with outdoor dining will return from April in line with the government's roadmap guidelines.

Bosses of Pizza Express, which has more than 370 restaurants across the UK, say they hope to reopen indoor dinning when restrictions are further lifted in May.

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However, the Herten Triangle branch in Doncaster alongside the Vue Cinema will not be one of those back in business on April 12.

Pizza Express is reopening 118 branches on April 12.Pizza Express is reopening 118 branches on April 12.
Pizza Express is reopening 118 branches on April 12.

Under current restrictions, Pizza Express said 180 kitchens are already open for click and collect and delivery order.

Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express managing director said: "We’ve really missed buzz and bustle and seeing our customers enjoying their favourite pizza.

"Our Cook At Home range and Click & Collect and Delivery services have been immensely popular during the past few months, but we can’t wait to fire up our ovens and swing open our doors again.

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“Whether you book or simply walk-in, our teams will be happily serving our delicious range of pizzas in our gardens and terraces throughout England and we’ll be ready to open in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland as soon as their national restrictions end.

"Of course, we’re set to reopen all of our restaurants in England in May for both indoor and outdoor dining."

Last year, Pizza Express announced it would close 73 restaurants in a bid to stay afloat in the aftermath of the coronavirus lockdown.

In October, it cut 1,300 jobs, following a profit hit triggered by tough trading restrictions.

The Doncaster branch is set to re-open on May 17.

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A statement on the firm’s website said: An update to all our customers. We are open for dine-in from 17th May.

"You can book a table for up to 6 people from the same household online.

"For households larger than 6 please contact the restaurant to make the booking.

"Face coverings must be worn until seated.”

Under the Government’s easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, restaurants and pubs will be able to welcome outdoor diners from April 12.