Popular award-winning Cheltenham restaurant The Coconut Tree is set to reopen today for the first time in months.
Like many venues in the county, The Coconut Tree – which is located in St Paul’s Road – have operated a takeaway system during lockdown but today they will welcome back customers for the first time.
We took a look around ahead of their highly-anticipated reopening.
The venue is fully booked ahead of its opening night and a number of changes have been implemented to help with social distancing.
The Coconut Tree’s Naveen took us on a tour of the venue and explained the measures that they have introduced.
As soon as you arrive at the restaurant, there is a hand sanitising station at the entrance. There are around five in total inside including a free-standing station before you enter the toilets.
A one-way system has also been implemented and arrows – which are created using The Coconut Tree’s logo – have been sprayed on the floor to help customers navigate their way around the venue. A one entrance, one exit system has also been introduced.
What’s more, the restaurant has been split into sections and the tables have been laid out so that they are socially distanced, which has resulted in the loss of 25 covers.
There is also a new booking system which takes customers’ details.
Speaking about the reopening, Naveen said: “We are opening back up today, the first day after the long time we had away.”
“We have set up all the social distance procedures which has resulted in us losing about 25 covers and it’s all following the government’s procedures.”
He went on to explain that customers will have to stand by the door before being taken to a table, while orders at the bar will not be taken.
He added: “We are really excited and looking forward to coming back. This is probably going to be our new normal but it’s all set up and we are ready to go.”