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Restaurants and cafes ‘hopeful’ of first day Eat Out to Help Out boost

PUBLISHED: 20:57 03 August 2020 | UPDATED: 21:04 03 August 2020

People flocked the Waterfront resturants and cafes in Ipswich as the first day of half price food begins  Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

People flocked the Waterfront resturants and cafes in Ipswich as the first day of half price food begins Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

Restaurants and cafes are waiting to see if the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which started today will bring a much needed boost to sales.

Cafes and resturants in the Ipswich town centre, have been busy on the first day of half price government scheme  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDCafes and resturants in the Ipswich town centre, have been busy on the first day of half price government scheme Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Prices of meals out were slashed by 50% from today with more than 900 pubs, restaurants and cafes taking part in Suffolk and north Essex.

And the early signs are good for some in Suffolk.

Love Thy Burger in Ipswich have already reported that they were busier than usual over the lunch rush today.

One worker named Cem, said: “I think we have seen an increase in customers on a regular Monday.

There were queues outside Wagamama on the first day of half price government scheme  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThere were queues outside Wagamama on the first day of half price government scheme Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

“Its not heaving yet but its been busier than usual and I think that’s probably down to the scheme.

“I think more people will try us out during the scheme so we are hopeful it will benefit us really.”

However, some are yet to see a boost.

The Dolphin in Thorpness served 170 covers this lunchtime a similar number to and average day.

Queues were seen outside of The Grazing Sheep in the Waterfront, Ipswich as the first day of half price food begins  Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDQueues were seen outside of The Grazing Sheep in the Waterfront, Ipswich as the first day of half price food begins Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

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The restaurant are still hopeful that the scheme will not only benefit them but also those in the community who can hopefully utilise the discount to eat out more regularly.

A spokeswoman said: “It has been busy but fairly normal today.

“We’re hoping that scheme will help us over the next couple of days.

“It’s definitely helpful for the community as well as us and that’s a really good thing.”


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