Liverpool’s Lunya is going completely cashless ahead of reopening

Popular Liverpool restaurant Lunya has made a major charge to how it operates as it reopens to the public.

Owners Peter and Elaine Kinsella shared the news this week that their restaurants Lunya and Lunyalita would reopen for outdoor drinking and dining as restrictions ease.

Initially the two venues will only open from Friday to Sunday, but with one major change – they’ll be completely cashless.

Lunya has faced many challenges in the year since the coronavirus pandemic began, with Peter and Elaine even having to close down their Manchester restaurant and completely change their business model.

Throughout the pandemic, Peter has spoken out about how the hospitality industry has been impacted – but just months into 2021 said the last year had given him and Elaine “a whole new lease of life”.

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Sharing the latest news in a newsletter to fans, Lunya confirmed its restaurants would reopen later this week, but that they won’t be accepting cash payments.

This is something that has been in place at Lunya for a while amid the pandemic, but now will be a permanent change.

Peter and Elaine said that despite the fact that it “cost us more”, card payments mean that “staff are safer and get home a little earlier”.

In a message to customers, the two said: “There have been times when we really thought we wouldn’t get to this point, but we are really excited to be opening our outside terraces from this week.

“Just Friday to Sunday, initially and running a reduced menu – you can check them out on our website.

“But we are well prepared and very excited! You can sit out overlooking the iconic Albert Dock (some tables have heating and cover, and lots have the sun), or looking out onto the picturesque (OK!) bustling Hanover St, where the sun makes a short daily appearance.

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“Do you remember the feel and taste of a pint or any drink that you didn’t have to do yourself? Well, we are ready and waiting.

“It’s just walk-ins (no bookings) and we are continuing on a permanent basis with just card payments – it means our staff are safer and get home a little earlier – it costs us more, but the benefits are worth it.”

Lunya on Hanover Street and Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock will both reopen from this Friday, April 16.

Both will operate on a walk-in basis only and will be cashless.

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