Wagamama Is Reopening Some Of Its Branches For Delivery
Well, good news, because Wagamama has announced its plans for a gradual return to a delivery-only service.
A handful of the pan-asian restaurants will reopen initially, under a schedule that allows Wagamama's staff to return "at their own discretion".
Wagamama have said that the phased reopening will follow a "test and learn" approach for the business, in accordance with strict government guidelines.
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The first sites to reopen will be:
Peckham and Hackney will be opening on Thursday 30th April.
This follows the Peckham branch's successful delivery of 1,000 meals for NHS frontline workers last week via Deliveroo, which gave the outlet the chance to trial its new format.
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Both Wagamama and Deliveroo have confirmed that they will continue to support the initiative.
For the last few weeks, the restaurant chain has been working with Dr Kate Bunyan on its health and safety procedures, which include no contact with delivery drivers and increased hygiene regimes.
Emma Woods, Wagamama CEO said: "We have made the decision to start a phased re-opening for delivery, with the initial opening of our delivery kitchens.
"We have taken medical advice on how we keep our teams safe in a kitchen environment from a doctor who advises on health and safety in challenging operating environments, including previous experience in the cruise industry.
"This will be very much a test and learn approach for the business and rollout depends on team and customer feedback."
During lockdown, Wagamama launched its simple home cookery guide, Wok From Home, to help the public recreate the chain's classic dishes in their own kitchens.
Filmed and presented by Wagamama's exec chef, Steve Mangleshot, the service shared recipes for much-loved dishes like Katsu Curry and Chicken Firecracker, and racked up over 1 million views in the last month.
Bravo, Wagamama. We can taste our Katsu delivery order already.