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Restaurants are extending their offer of discounted meals in the government’s eat out to help out scheme after it ends on 31 August because of its popularity with diners, although the eateries will have to cover the costs themselves.In September, consumers will be able to take advantage of reduced prices at nationwide chains including Harvester, Toby Carvery, Tesco Café, Bill’s, Pizza Hut and Prezzo.
The scheme has drawn people back into restaurants, bars and cafes, providing a much-needed boost for hospitality businesses hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.Both independent businesses and larger chains are among more than 72,000 establishments to have taken part, including Zizzi, Pizza Express, Nando’s, McDonald’s, and Bill’s.
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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the government to extend the scheme, which started on 3 August and runs to the end of the month, into September.The federation’s chairman Mike Cherry said: “The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been an overwhelming success in getting people back on their high streets and in their town centres.We now need to see it extended to continue the critical support that it is providing for small firms as we enter a period of economic make or break.