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Prezzo reopens today in Crawley as chain begins reopening restaurants

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Fans of Prezzo in Crawley will be excited to hear that the restaurant is opening today, 9th July.

To celebrate their doors being open again, diners will be able to enjoy some new additions to the menu; a new calamari recipe, fournew pizzas (including veggie and vegan options), a new chicken burger, plus new cocktails and coolers!

And……after performing well in their test restaurants at the start of this year, they’re also introducing their Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese (also available with gluten free pasta).

There are savings to be had as well with the Summer Set Menu. Costing just £15 for two courses, and £19 for three courses.

Initially the chain is only opening 35 of their 180 restaurants of which Crawley is one of the first and they say they are bringing in new initiatives to make sure customers are safe including:

·      All menus will now be disposable to ensure no contamination

·       Digital ordering from a smartphone or tablet using the QR code displayed on each table (customers can still order with of their team if they’d prefer)

·       Standard social distancing markers, hand sanitiser units, and posters with Public Health England advice throughout the restaurants

·      The restaurants are now cashless. Customers can settle their bill using Apple Pay or Android Pay, contactless or Chip and PIN

“We can’t wait to welcome back our much-missed customers to our Crawley restaurant.” said Karen Jones, Executive Chair. 

“Our sole focus is to blend safe and healthy working practices with proper hospitality to give our people confidence and our customers a wonderful, enjoyable return to Prezzo.  Roll on 9th July!”

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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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