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Chorlton tapas bar San Juan expanding into next door pub ahead of reopening

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Chorlton-based tapas bar, San Juan, is set to reopen bigger than before to accommodate social distancing. 

The tapas bar on Beech Road has been closed since the beginning of lockdown but in a statement on their website, they will be temporarily expanding into the neighbouring building and former pub The Parlour.

This means they can ‘accommodate as many customers as possible’ as part of their reopening on July 4th. 

Like other restaurants and bars, Bar San Juan is permitted to reopen on July 4th and will do so with table service indoors for customers. 

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Bar San Juan is continuing its normal operations without bookings, instead using a waiting list which will call you 15 minutes before your table is ready. 

You will be allocated a two hour time slot on your table to allow for greater accuracy in the waiting list and to give ample time for disinfecting the table after each guest.

The new guidelines state that people should only visit restaurants with their household groups, or with one other household or if you have a support bubble in place.

They also state that people can meet up to five people outdoors from any amount of households. 

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The statement from San Juan says: “Bar San Juan is looking forward to re-opening and accommodating as many customers as possible so we have acquired a building -formally Parlour – one door away from Bar San Juan to encourage social distancing.

“As we have never taken reservations we are trying out different booking systems but we would like to first see how this new normal works before we start with it.

“In the meantime we are setting up a similar system to the one we have always had that we can manage within the bar for walk-ins. You will join a waiting list and be called 15 minutes prior to the table being ready. There will be a set time on each table of 2 hours in order for us to be more accurate when we have to call customers and also have time for us to disinfect the table.”

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There’s a new tequila and taco bar opening in south Manchester next week

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There’s a brand new bar opening in Withington specialising in tequila and tacos – meet Southside Tequila Joint. 

It’s one of the (very) few good things to come out of lockdown, a brand new bar on Wilmslow Road. With lockdown taking away any open date pressures, the guys behind this new venture could really hone in on exactly what they wanted this bar to be.

And that they did. 

Southside Tequila Joint is in the old Solomon’s spot, and is actually the love child of Solomons’ owners Ruper Cade and Rick McClean with the addition of the man behind Crazy Pedro’s, Bunny Jackson’s and Wolf at the Door, Lyndon Higginson. 

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Throughout lockdown they’ve been putting a shift in getting this place just about perfect for a grand opening next week. 

They’ve opened up the bar adding boujee booth seating and adding an impressive terrace outback complete with mismatched furniture. 

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That’s not the end of the updates either, they’ve opened up downstairs to give way to loads more seating and even another bar. 

They’ve also fixed that age-old problem we all have. You know when it’s time to go home on a night out but you really want just one last drink on your way home? Southside is gonna be open until 2am every night. Yep, you read that right. 

There will be a huge range of tequilas on offer – word on the street is that it will be on of the best in the country.

And for when you get a bit peckish, tacos from the newly refurbished kitchen!

Southside Tequila Joint is opening on July 8th at 5pm. Call 0161 434 123 for bookings. Keep up to date on their Instagram here

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Anyone going to Wetherspoons will have to fill in a form before entering the pub

It’s part of the new government guidelines…

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As part of the Government’s Test and Trace policy, Wetherspoons will be refusing entry to customers who do not fill out a short form. 

This weekend the hospitality industry is set to reopen, which will see the much-anticipated reopening of pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes – but they are going to look a lot different than they did when they closed back in March. 

As part of its reopening plan, Wetherspoons has announced that anyone wishing to eat or drink in the restaurant will have to fill out a short form. 

A spokesperson for the pub chain said: “Wetherspoon will introduce NHS Test and Trace in all its pubs in England from reopening on Saturday July 4.

“Wetherspoon is to ask customers to fill out a short form, each time they visit, which contains their name and telephone number.”

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They continued: “Customers will be asked to record their arrival and departure times, and to leave the form in a box as they exit.

“The forms will be stored confidentially for 21 days. After that, they can be safely disposed of.” 

The new system has been put in place by the government to ensure that localised outbreaks of coronavirus can be controlled.

The guidance from the government says: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.”

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Alongside the short form, Wetherspoons will look a little different inside, including plastic screens, disposable menus and ordering on an app. 

The menus will also be slightly shorter than usual and the usual condiment caddies will be replaced with disposable sachets of sauces. 

The pubs will also have a one way entrance and exist system where possible, multiple hand sanitising stations and a dedicated member of staff cleaning touch points throughout the day. 

Are you heading out to the pubs this weekend? 

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Wetherspoons set to close 16 pubs across the country

Sad news for spoons lovers!

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Wetherspoons has released a list of 16 pubs and bars across the country they plan on closing and putting up for sale. 

A statement from the pub chain, released on Wednesday, announced that it would be closing the doors of 16 pubs and bars from across the UK.

The closures will affect pubs in various regions up and down the country including the North West, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands.

Until the pubs are sold they will be trading as normal, but once sold they will likely be rebranded with a new name, menu and prices, according to reports

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Wetherspoons hasn’t announced why they have chosen these particular 16 outlets yet, or provided information on any potential buyers.

The Queens Head in Newport is one up for sale and a Wetherspoons spokesperson, Eddie Gershon, said about the closure: “We totally understand that our loyal customers and staff will be disappointed with this decision. However, Wetherspoon, does on occasion, put some of its pubs up for sale.

“It is a commercial decision taken by the company after long consideration. The pub will continue to trade as normal until a buyer is found.

“We have told our staff that if the pub is sold and they do not transfer to the purchaser, then we would look to redeploy our employees at other Wetherspoon pubs in the region.”

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The news comes after Wetherspoons revealed a plan to reopen 875 pubs and will be swinging open their doors on July 4th, although they will look a lot different

The full list of pubs and bars for sale: 

  • Chapel an Gansblydhen, Bodmin, Cornwall
  • Brun Lea, Burnley, Lancashire
  • Vulcan, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire
  • Time Piece, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
  • Bourtree, Hawick, Scottish Borders
  • Last Plantagenet, Leicester, East Midlands
  • Queens Hotel, Newport, Wales
  • Isaac Merritt, Paignton, Devon
  • The Cross Keys, Peebles, Scottish Borders
  • St George’s Hall, Redfield, Bristol
  • Pennsylvanian, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
  • Rhinoceros, Rotherham, South Yorkshire
  • Butler’s Bell, Stafford, Staffordshire
  • Friar Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire
  • Dee Hotel, West Kirkby, Merseyside
  • Alexander Bain, Wick, Caithness

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