A Stoke-on-Trent kitchen and bar has stopped its takeaway and collection service after a member of its staff were contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
North Kitchen + Bar, in Hanley, made the announcement on social media this morning that they will be closed for the next two weeks.
The Piccadilly restaurant took the decision to close as they no longer have enough members of staff to cover their takeaway and collection orders, due to the affected member of staff self isolating as per government guidlines.
The venue had been closed to eat in diners since the second lockdown was imposed on November 5, but had remained open for collection and delivery.
The team say they will be using the time to make improvements to the restaurant’s decor and completing their Christmas menu.
The post on Facebook said: “Unfortunately earlier this week a number of our team have been contacted by Test and Trace as they have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Don’t worry, we’re all safe and well with no symptoms and the members of the team are now self isolating at home as per government guidlines. No need for anyone to be concerned. We good!
“This does however mean that our already small (but perfect, if we do say so ourselves) team is now too small for us to open over the next two weeks. Opening with an even smaller team with the volume of orders we’ve had over the last few weeks (which we love you for!!) would result in lengthy wait times and potential mishaps in providing the quality we strive for and are known for.
“The good news is we can now use this time to make some much needed improvements to the gaff! We’re installing a new Kitchen Extraction System (hallelujah!!), we’re updating the decor, fitting brand new table tops and getting our Christmas menu completed and ready hopefully in time for when we are allowed to re-open for sit in from December 2nd. Failing that and Boris doesn’t let us we’ll continue with collections and deliveries from Thursday 3rd December!
“You can still support us if you wish by purchasing a Pay Forward Voucher which can then be used when we re-open! Order then here www.northcq.co.uk/pay-forward or if you’re looking for Christmas Gift Ideas for the cocktail and coffee lover in your family then we have some awesome tee’s and prints available in our Merch section of our website!
“As you know we’ll keep you updated throughout and we honestly cannot wait to get back open next month! We’ll see you soon!”