26th September 2023
Indian restaurant group Dishoom MD Brian Trollop , has said they are “starting to feel the joy” in hospitality again, but that Christmas train strikes could “nail the sector”.
“It’s been difficult trying to get on the front foot again, but it feels like the ground is starting to firm up under our feet. Everything seems to have stabilised and we’re starting to feel the joy in hospitality again. However, more train strikes could potentially nail the sector this Christmas, and a lot of independent restaurants may not come out the other side.
Dishoom lost 3,500 bookings last Christmas.
However, train strikes will not change Dishoom’s strategy of targeting city centre over suburban sites.
Trollip also said he is “excited but nervous” for the launch of Dishoom’s new all-day café concept, Permit Room, which will open in Brighton at the start of November.
The concept intends to attract customers throughout the day, cring hangovers in the morning with “amazing breakfasts, keeping them for hours with chai and laptop working and “amazing” cocktails by night.