Jun 8, 2020

Wahaca boss: 'It's going to be hell' after lockdown

"Starting up, it's going to be hell," says Mark Selby, chief executive and co-founder of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca. "The reality is that people are not going to come back in their droves, they're going to slowly build back that confidence," he says. Although Wahaca is keen to make things work in a newly socially-distanced world, Mr Selby expects the restaurant chain to struggle, if social distancing guidelines are not relaxed at least somewhat. Mr Selby credits the scheme with making things much easier for the restaurant chain: "Before the furlough scheme, we said that we were going to have some very difficult decisions to make." lLast week The Restaurant Group, which owns Frankie & Benny's, announced that as many as 120 outlets will not reopen after lockdown.

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