Yesterday (24 March) Dishoom made the decision to halt all of its delivery and collection services, which it launched last week in reaction to the government’s social distancing measures.
Since prime minister Boris Johnson strengthened the rules on the UK’s social distancing requirements, in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 infection, restaurants around the country have made the decision to stop all food and drink services in order to protect their staff and those who would be using the business.
“Last week’s decision to close the restaurants to dining guests, and to postpone the launch of Dishoom Birmingham (pictured), was difficult and deeply sad for all of us,” a statement from Dishoom’s founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar reads.
“Since then, we’ve been absolutely blown away by the love, generosity and support that has been shown to our team, from spreading the word of our burgeoning takeaway and delivery service, to offering to support us in any way possible, everyone has been so big-hearted.
“We won’t forget it, and we are deeply, sincerely grateful.
“But, after a whirlwind weekend satisfying our guests’ Dishoom needs from afar, things have changed again.
“Yesterday, we looked at the world around us and at our wonderful team, and felt that we needed to do more.
“So, we arrived at the decision to halt all collection and delivery from our restaurants, in order to send our team home to stay safe and well with their loved ones.
“A socially distanced Dishoom family – but still a family nonetheless. The circumstances we find ourselves in today are unprecedented. There is no playbook, no clearly defined path
“The decisions we have made to date reflect what we believe to be right for our people and our business.
“Not everyone will make the same choices, and to our wider hospitality family we give our unreserved respect and support.
“To brighter days of bustling restaurants, brim-full glasses and big-hearted hospitality.”