With the new government policy coming into practice on the 4th July, most restaurants and bars are set to open their doors again in some form. As well as the reopenings, we are excited that works on site will be resuming for our hospitality projects on pause.

However, some of our clients have not just been planning for their reopening, but have already been adapting their offer during lockdown.

One such forward-thinking independent Midlands-based business is BEAR. Throughout lockdown BEAR has been ahead of the curve, first by selling their delicious coffee via their website and launching their own branded Nespresso pods (keeping our caffeine cravings at bay whilst working from home!) After this, they trialled takeaway picnic and brunch boxes that could be collected from their stores, which proved very popular with local BEAR enthusiasts. With the easing of lockdown measures, BEAR continued to work towards reopening their sites by opening on a takeaway only basis.

Now opening with social distancing measures in place in early July, turnerbates are excited to be looking forward alongside BEAR’s team to the opening of BEAR’s newest site in Baron’s Quay, Northwich, which is now back on site!

We never thought this year would have turned out like this, but with shared optimism and hope from our customers and teams, we have challenged ourselves and where possible have adapted to become a better version of ourselves

Craig BuntingFounder, BEAR

It is not just BEAR that has used lockdown to adapt, think differently and stay ahead of the curve…


The Alchemist, unique cocktail bar and restaurant founded in Manchester, trialled a contactless cocktail service on May bank holiday, sold their iconic artworks by Dan Hillier to their loyal customers, and has pledged that once they are able to open, ‘we’ll work to turn fear of going out into fear of missing out’ [Simon Potts, CEO]. We are looking forward to helping to design an unforgettable experience at The Alchemist’s newest upcoming site in Cheltenham – coming soon!

Robata Soho, complete holistic design by turnerbates, is also set to open its doors again on 4th July.

Similar to our clients, turnerbates have also been adapting. As well as getting used to working as a team externally, we are reinventing and constantly thinking about the way we design for the future in line with what is going on in the world…

  • What does a future restaurant / bar look like in order to continue enticing its customers?
  • How does the future workplace function cohesively with social distancing?

As usual, we are researching, collaborating and exploring ideas for our clients with a view to the future…and very much enjoying the challenge!

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