OPINION: It's lovely to see Sheffield's hospitality industry bounce back
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Earlier this month, Sheffield’s dormant hospitality industry was brought back to life when the latest set of coronavirus restrictions were lifted.
It has been wonderful to witness the pubs, bars and restaurants we have all missed bounce back and find innovative ways of ensuring customers can still have the best possible alfresco experience, come rain or shine.
We have also seen a new bar called True Loves open at Victoria Quays, and the third branch of the popular Marmadukes family of cafés is set to open at the former sorting office on Ecclesall Road later this year.
And they are not the only places in the city where hospitality business owners have dared to brave the tremendously difficult set of trading conditions caused by the pandemic to open for the first time.
On the main road in Crookes alone, there are three locations that hope to soon be serving up food and drink, with the former As Thyme Goes By premises being turned into a Sicilian restaurant called Paesani, a new branch of Portuguese café and patisserie Lisboa on the corner of Springvale Road and Crookes and plans have been submitted to turn the Hercule café into a new eatery selling food to takeaway.
Two new bottle shops have also welcomed customers for the first time, with the Roscoe Road Liquor Store at Shalesmoor and Pangolin which will also invite punters to sit in, once the next set of restrictions are lifted from May 17.
There are lots of positive signs of growth, and as the Weekend Editor, I personally can’t wait to update you all on all of the latest additions to Sheffield’s vibrant food and drink scene. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please email me at: [email protected]