Mad O'Rourkes Pie Factory back up and running and ready for business

A popular Black Country restaurant has reopened as a takeaway with limit operating hours amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pete Towler, owner of Mad O'Rourke's Pie Factory, Tipton
Pete Towler, owner of Mad O'Rourke's Pie Factory, Tipton

Mad O'Rourkes Pie Factory, based on Tipton Road, Tipton, began serving people on Thursday.

The restaurant will be offering a limited menu while food can only be purchased for collection.

Initially, the restaurant will only be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

But staff are expected to be busy nonetheless with customers eager for the restaurant's renowned pie and gravy offerings.

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Sue Towler, who runs the restaurant with her husband, said: "We are hoping to be busy. There has been lots of positive feedback on social media.

"We have suffered a financial impact [due to the virus]. We haven't been able to provide anything since we closed on March 20.

"We just want to back up and running and get our staff again."

A number of staff are on the furlough scheme but two have returned to employment.

The restaurant will be adhering to social distancing guidelines and use other measures to maximise safety for customers.

Orders will need to be placed by phone and the collection service will be contact-free.

"We are asking customers to stay in their cars on the car park in a designated area until we call them," explained Mrs Towler.

The business will be operate from 5pm-9pm. Call 0121 5571402.

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