Restaurant Makeover Competition

We conducted a study to find out what's most important to customers when dining out. Our results have shown us just how important the dine in experience is, so that's why we've launched our Restaurant Makeover Competition.

Our brand new study found that 88% of British diners agree that elements such as lighting, ambience and decor are just as important as the food in a restaurant when it comes to having a great dining experience.

Eight out of ten customers said they would spend more money in a restaurant if they enjoyed the décor and atmosphere, proving the importance of creating a desirable setting is more important than ever. But restaurant renovation projects can be costly, especially for small, family-run businesses, so this opportunity aims to take the stress out of such a big project.

Restaurant Makeover Competition
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Restaurant Makeover Competition

As we unveil our shortlisted restaurants below, check out who is in the running to nab a makeover of their premises and/or equipment worth a whopping £25,000. Over 500 restaurants across the UK applied and a panel of judges whittled down the applications to a shortlist of 6 from around the country. Deliveroo is now calling on the British public to make the final decision, giving food fans across Britain the power to vote for the restaurant they believe should win the restaurant makeover competition.

Deliveroo’s Restaurant Makeover project was launched to support independent restaurants and the Great British highstreet. Since it launched in 2013, Deliveroo has created a staggering 25,000 jobs in the UK restaurant industry, with 32% of these jobs being in the independent sector*. 

Restaurants up for a chance to claim a makeover include: 

  • Amigos Mexican Kitchen, Sheffield: Open since 2010 and run by Khalid Wani and his business partner, Amigos is an award-winning restaurant that specialises in halal Mexican street food. If they win, they want a new dessert bar which would be a great addition to the restaurant.
  • Bombay Bites, Leicester: Owned by Moukid Muslim and his family, award-winning Bombay Bites is super popular with the students in the city.  If they win, want to adapt the site and make it more family and disabled friendly, in addition to updating the menu to help attract new customers.
  • Cafe Santos, Wigan: Owned by Ash and his wife and established in 2010, this cafe is the heart of the local community.  Customers say they offer brilliant food and the “best coffee in the country”. If they win the makeover they want to have a new counter, tables and chairs. 
  • Surbiton Fish and Chips, Kingston-upon-Thames: Owned by Xiaoniu Yuan (known locally as ‘Hank’). The restaurant has been open since 1984 - the oldest, established fish and chips shop in Kingston-upon-Thames. If they win, they want to give half the money to schools in the local community, the other half to change the tables in the restaurant.
  • Mario’s Plaice, Glasgow: Three generations of the same family run this fish and chips shop, serving the community in the west end of Glasgow. They offer classics in addition to battered Mars bars and battered pizza. If they win, they will be installing a new fish fryer, to make food prep and deliveries quicker, resulting in more customers.
  • Le Tran Cafe, London: A family-owned restaurant specialising in traditional Vietnamese and Asian cuisine in the heart of Bermondsey. If they win, they want new equipment to grill food, and also a new front entrance/sliding door to increase the atmosphere and be better disabled and elderly-friendly.

Justin Landsberger, Commercial Director at Deliveroo said “We’re really excited to launch this competition and give independent restaurants around the UK the chance to win an exciting £25,000 makeover project.  The shortlist includes six incredible restaurants with amazing stories and we’re looking forward to seeing who our customers vote to win.”

Brits just need to visit before August 9th to cast their votes. 

Deliveroo's contribution to the restaurant industry and wider economy in the UK is mirrored in its overseas markets. If Deliveroo continues to grow at the same rate, Capital Economics estimate that the company will create over 176,000 jobs in the restaurant sectors in the markets in which it operates.

Deliveroo is committed to helping restaurants succeed. Whilst the industry is facing increasing cost pressures, Deliveroo is supporting them by not only helping them increase their revenue, including through the company's delivery-only Editions kitchens programme, creating 'virtual brands' so restaurants can expand their menus, and also by negotiating deals with a range of providers to reduce their day-to-day costs such as energy bills and kitchenware.

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