Going out, out
More than £3bn is set to be spent on nights out every month over the next six months, according to new research. The spend, which is equivalent to over 170m pints a week being served, has been forecast by Smart Energy GB. Following 14 months of heavy restrictions, 21% of businesses report sustained demand since reopening and over 75% are almost fully booked until the autumn.
Signed, sealed, delivered
Major restaurant and pub groups recorded a fourfold increase in delivery and takeaway sales in April from pre-Covid levels, CGA’s latest Hospitality at Home Tracker reveals. Combined delivery and takeaway sales were 345% higher than in April 2019. Sales grew by 11% from March 2021, despite the reopening of restaurants, pubs and bars for outside service in England from mid-April.
itsu-p to you
itsu recently launched a new Build Your Own feature which is now available on its app. Built in response to the abundance of popular dietary trends and the growing appetite for personalised options, the service embraces the latest technology available, strengthening the brand’s digital customer experience.
Lose touch with reality
Gravity Active Entertainment has announced a new, multi-attraction site opening in Wandsworth this summer. Gravity Southside will feature eight entertainment experiences for 1,000 guests, including an electric go-kart racetrack, 14-lane bowling alley with augmented reality, Urban Street Golf, and a digital darts zone with augmented displays guiding players through the game.
Just like (Waga)mama used to make
Wagamama recently announced the launch of a new cook at home range, with all profits to be donated to its charity partner YoungMinds. The launch sees some of Wagamama’s classic dishes hit supermarket shelves for the first time, including three meal kits, three stir fry sauces and two curry pastes. Each comes with a recipe along with ‘hacks’ for customers on how to personalise them.