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Nando’s reopens restaurant kitchens to feed NHS workers

The peri-peri chicken chain said seven of its city centre restaurants reopened their kitchens on Monday.

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A Nando’s restaurant in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

A Nando’s restaurant in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

A Nando’s restaurant in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

Nando’s has reopened the kitchens in some of its restaurants to help feed NHS workers.

The peri-peri chicken chain said seven of its city centre restaurants reopened their kitchens on Monday, after the chain shut all its sites in the face of the pandemic last month.

Four restaurants in London, two in Manchester and one in Dublin are firing up their grills again to make meals for NHS workers and local charities.

The business said it will provide up to 1,700 free meals each day for NHS staff, key workers at local hospitals and charities.

It said the restaurants will operate behind closed doors, with meals dropped off at hospitals every evening between 6pm and 9pm.

Each restaurant will work under strict health and safety measures while maintaining social distancing, the chain said.

The restaurants will each look to cook up to 250 meals a shift before delivering them.

Before closing operations, Nando’s donated 20,000 free meals to NHS workers and has offered a 20% discount to NHS workers for the past 20 years.

It will be the first time the group has reopened kitchens since it shut its sites on March 23 following the Government-mandated shutdown of restaurants, pubs and venues.

Last week, Burger King, KFC and Pret became some of the first chains to announce they would reopen some stores for takeaway and delivery.

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