A handful of Nando’s kitchens are reopening for the first time in more than a month to help support NHS staff and key workers during the coronavirus crisis.
The casual dining chain’s 400 UK restaurants have sat idle since the government ordered operators to shut their doors on 23 March.
But now Nando’s is firing up the grills again at seven restaurants, including four based in London, two in Manchester and one in Dublin.
Workers at each branch will abide by strict social distancing rules as they prepare more than 250 meals each day.
The initiative is likely to see in excess of 12,000 meals provided every week for NHS workers and local charities, however the public won’t be able to order food at this stage.
The plan is for the meals to be distributed to hospitals between 6pm and 9pm every night.
Nando’s described the exercise as a “controlled reopening” and said it hopes to be able to continue to deliver food to its ‘No Chuckin Our Chicken’ charities and NHS teams as the trial expands.
Most major restaurant chains have been closed since the lockdown took effect in the UK, but there are signs of some becoming active again.
Pret opened 10 stores in London last week to serve NHS workers, while KFC and Burger King have also opened a number of sites for delivery. Five Guys has also opened an additional six sites to the 13 that had remained operational during the lockdown.