Itsu, the Asian-inspired food brand founded and run by Julian Metcalfe, OBE, has today announced that following government advice on COVID-19 it will be closing all its restaurants until further notice. It will also be ceasing deliveries as this relies on fresh food being prepared in its kitchens.
On the announcement, Metcalfe said, “It’s a heart-breaking decision, but the right thing to do to protect our teams, customers and country as we all play our part during this crisis.
Whilst we are closed we’ll continue to do everything we can to look after our people, who are being wonderful, strong and supportive, and we are very grateful for the government’s announcement of support on Friday.”
The itsu teams spent their last day making up over 1500 boxes of fresh sushi and salad, using up all the ingredients in their kitchens, and delivering them along with healthy snacks & drinks to NHS staff at hospitals including the Intensive Care Units at University College of London Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham and Ealing Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, St Charles Mental Health Hospital, Homerton University Hospital and Kingston Hospital to name a few.