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Carluccio’s Cambridge to reopen after 30 restaurants saved in deal

Carluccio’s Cambridge is to reopen after 30 of the chain’s restaurants were saved.

Staff will reopen the doors on Thursday September 3 for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

Carluccio's Cambridge offers some al fresco dining too. Picture: Carluccio's
Carluccio's Cambridge offers some al fresco dining too. Picture: Carluccio's

It will also be offering home delivery via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.

It is a sight fans of the popular chain, founded by the late Antonio Carluccio, thought they might not see again.

The business went into administration at the end of March , just after the UK entered lockdown, but in late May Boparan Restaurant Group, the owner of Giraffe, Fishworks and Ed's Easy Diner restaurants, stepped in to buy 30 of its venues - including the one at the Grand Arcade.

The deal saved 800 jobs, but 40 restaurants and more than 1,000 jobs - more than half the total workforce - were lost.

Carluccio’s will reopen with a new menu, with classic dishes such as spaghetti carbonara, risotto ai funghi and chicken Milanese, as well as plant-based alternatives such as the veganese – Carluccio’s vegan escalope in crispy rosemary breadcrumbs.

Strict social distancing measures and safety routines are promised, with hand sanitising stations, a reduced number of tables and surfaces sanitised every 30 minutes.

Opening hours will be 8am-10pm, Monday-Friday, 9am-10pm on Saturday and 9am-9pm on Sunday.

For home delivery, you could try dishes such as Sicilian arancini with spinach and smoked mozzarella; lasagne made with slow-cooked beef and tomato ragù or a freshly grilled tuna niçoise salad.

The deli will also be open, enabling you to stock up on artisan products, and the online shop at carluccios.com/shop/ is also up and running.

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