A restaurant in Birmingham has received more than 1,000 online bookings in advance of reopening after more than six months of lockdown.
Bistrot Pierre, at the Mulberry Walk development in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield, said it has had a staggering 1,200 online bookings as it readies to welcome back customers from next Monday (May 17).
The French eatery which has been closed since November 5, when the second national lockdown came in, and had remained so with Birmingham in Tier 3 in December.
That was followed immediately by third national lockdown from January through to April keeping diners away.
The venue has yet to re-open but more than 1,200 people have booked their place from next week, as it is set to open seven-days-a-week for lunch and dinner.
The independent French restaurant group said as well as re-opening venues it will also continue its ‘finish at home’ meal boxes which have proved a success since last Christmas and will be a permanent addition.
The Mere Green Bistrot Pierre is one of 19 around the country, with six opening at the earliest opportunity on April 12, three more a week later and two on April 26. Next week all restaurants will be reopen, including the chain’s Birmingham outlet in Gas Street.
And the Sutton site will soon be joined by a new neighbour. A branch of Thai tapas chain, Giggling Squid, will replace Gusto, whose Mulberry Walk site fell victim to the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that restaurants and pubs can welcome customers indoors from Monday, May 17, the third step in his Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
This comes after there has been no increase in infections following the Step Two re-openings on April 12, which allowed venues to serve customers outdoors.