Restaurant's own 'eat out to help out' scheme proving successful

A restaurant's own "eat out to help out scheme" has proven a success after the Government's popular initiative ended, its manager has said.

Managers Frankie Painter and Rume Manoharan
Managers Frankie Painter and Rume Manoharan

The Greyhound, Lower Penn, near Wolverhampton, is offering diners 50 per cent off on food up to £10 on Mondays and Tuesdays.

It launched its own variant of the Government's hugely successful scheme on September 1 a day after the nationwide initiative ended.

Rume Manoharan, 34, of Lower Penn, was said: "Our scheme has been successful in the sense of brining people in and rebuilding confidence.

"We are seeing as many people in the week as on the weekends. People are coming out with their partners and other family members."

The restaurant's scheme is running until September 15 but he is planning on extending the offer.

However he said this is dependant on filling every table on each day the scheme runs.

"For this to be worthwhile, the number have to be right," he continued.

"I need every chair to be sat at. I will be monitoring it over the next few days and next week.

"On September 15, I will put a message on the website to say if we are continuing the scheme."

Mr Manoharan was sad to see the official scheme end but accepted the Government may have limits on how much it can spend.

This offered diners 50 per cent off on food and drink with discounts of up to £10 per diner.

He suggested another Government scheme could launched offering a smaller discount like "25 per cent" off meals.

"It would be nice [if the Government's scheme was extended]," he said. "I wouldn't say no to it.

"I know already a lot of money has been thrown into the economy to stimulate spending. At the same time I'm grateful for the scheme."

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