RESTAURATEURS and operators of smaller hotels are being encouraged to install raised cash-till areas and automatic security screens at points of sale to minimise the risk of armed robberies.
An initiative launched last week by the police and industry recommends effective staff training and written policies, as well as installing security equipment.
The aim of the London-wide initiative, Counter Action, is to raise awareness among vulnerable cash-handling small businesses. Further details are available from local police stations or Crime Prevention Officers.
BENJYS, the 12-strong City of London sandwich-bar chain, is to open a 150-seat restaurant and wine bar on the site of the former Marine Club, also in the City.
A spokesman said the restaurant, which is expected to be in operation at the end of May, could herald the opening of further similar outlets.
guy's court fire
THE thatched roof of Guy's Court, a popular hotel and restaurant in the village of Bilsborrow, Lancashire, was destroyed by fire last Sunday.
The £250,000 blaze was caused when an extraction filter in the kitchen ignited, sending burning fragments through the extractor system and onto the thatched roof. Around 500 guests in the building at the time of the blaze were safely evacuated.
A NORWICH hotel is celebrating its 21st birthday by offering guests rooms at the 1973 price of £6 per person per night.
In May, June and July a limited number of rooms will be on offer to those who write to the Hotel Nelson to say why 1973 was a good year for them.