When will you finally be able to get your favourite fast food fix in Northampton?
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Northampton's fast food fans are chomping at the bit for their fix of burgers, pizza, fries, shakes and chicken.
Or even just a coffee on their first day back at work after more than seven weeks.
Some of the nation's takeaway giants are already back in business following the Covid-19 lockdown. But others look set to keep you waiting a little longer. Here's the Chronicle & Echo's rundown of how things stand at the moment ...
McDonald's — not yet
The return of the Mac is getting ever closer .. but we’re not quite there yet.
Ronald is teasing us, trialling delivery only operations at 15 guinea-pig sites in the south east including three — yes, THREE — of them just down the M1 in Luton.
And next Wednesday (May 20) sees 30 more drive-thrus open but he’s not telling us where just yet!
The good news is that Maccie-Ds is targeting having all its five drive-thrus in Northampton open again by early June.
The bad news? Well … Chief Executive Paul Pomroy warned: “When your local Drive Thru does reopen, it will be different. Our service will not be as quick as you might be used to, as we adjust to smaller teams and social distancing in our kitchens. We expect there will be some queues for some of our busier sites “
Burger King — coming soon
Around 50 homes of the Whopper have reopened in the UK for delivery and drive-thru and a further 72 will start serving up food again from Monday, May 18.
Burger King has confirmed the first 54 locations for these restaurants -- including Milton Keynes, Bedford and Coventry. Another 18 are still to be confirmed in the next few days.
Northampton? Well, if not next week then soon as BK UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch promised: "We’re going to open 20 or so a week as we go forward.”
KFC — drive-thru and delivery
Finger lickin' good news for fried chicken fans as the Colonel has already been busy re-opening three drive-thrus at Sixfields, Towcester Road and Riverside among 100 of its UK restaurants frying again from noon to 9pm.
Subway — open for business
Sub lovers can have salad piled on to their six-inchers at four sites in and around Northampton which unlocked their doors yesterday for delivery, mobile order and takeaway.
A Sub statement said: “Approximately 25 per cent of our stores will start to reopen with new operational and social distancing safety measures implemented to ensure the continued protection of guests, third party delivery and supplier drivers, Sandwich Artists and the wider communities in which they serve.”
Greggs — by June 8 (promise!)
Our beloved bakery has finally started trialling takeaways, delivery and click and collect orders in some parts of its native Newcastle after postponing its first effort for fear of a stampede by sausage roll fans.
CEO Roger Whiteside has told staff he expects the trial to last for at least two weeks. If everything goes according to plan, it will be followed by further reopenings, with around 700 Greggs shops stacked full of steak bakes and the rest by June 8.
TGI Fridays — Click & Collect
Sixfields is one of 24 pilot stores offering Click & Collect and delivery via Just Eat & Deliveroo offering a select range of your Fridays favourites from noon to 9pm.
Don’t expect the staff to be singing Happy Birthday for you, though!
Pizza Hut — Delivery only
The Hut’s website says Riverside and Sixfields restaurants are both closed although Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo are delivering!
But, hold on to your stuffed crust, a Car Boot Collection is being trialled at a few select sites -- nowhere near here -- so you can collect your favourite 13” with extra jalapeno without leaving your car.
Coming to a Hut near you, soon? Well, hopefully?
Blackburn, Colchester, Durham, Park Royal, Trafford and Worcester are getting first go.
Now, I ask you .. what’s Blackburn and Colchester ever done to deserve that?
Starbucks — Is our name on the cup?
Tall Americanos will be available from tomorrow at 150 stores and drive-thrus. But, again, you'll have to wait to find out which of its 1,000 stores and where.
A Starbucks statement said: "During our closure we have been testing and refining our new operational plans and upweighted safety procedures, drawing where we can on the successes our global teams have seen in China where 90 per cent of stores are now open and the US, where 85 per cent are open.
With the easing of restrictions allowing more travel on roads, beginning 14 May we will begin a phased reopening of Starbucks Drive-Thru locations across the UK as well as a handful of takeaway-only stores. To find a store that is open near you from May 14visit the store locator on starbucks.co.uk.
Costa Coffee — Still waiting
Costa have not moved since May 2 when the British-owned coffee chain opened 17 drive-thru’s and 12 stores for delivery via Uber Eats to "offer critical and key workers the chance to enjoy a Costa on essential journeys."
Watch this space.
Nando's — No news yet
The home of PERi-PERi chicken’s website reveals the hot news that its Northampton town centre diner is closing on March 22.
It goes on: “We look forward to firing up the grills again and serving you some PERi-PERi as soon as possible, but in the meantime stay home, help those in need and we’ll see you soon.”
Seven weeks and counting …