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    Croydon is just one of 150 local authorities that have been in urgent talks with Whitehall over their precarious financial situation following 18 months of covid lockdowns on top of a decade of Tory austerity.

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  4. Opening new restaurant during pandemic 'challenging but rewarding'

    Dai Chi

    Opening a new restaurant in the heart of Soho during the Covid-19 pandemic has been both challenging and rewarding, the owner of Japanese eatery Dai Chi said.

    Joshua Owens-Baigler, co-founder of Dai Chi, which opened in November, said: "It has been a real challenge, albeit a rewarding one.

    "Global shortage being the reoccurring phrase, from steel shortages, to Japanese product delays, to appliance shortages it has been difficult to meet deadlines."

    "We only managed to get our kitchen ready a week before opening and we are still missing the chairs in our dining room," Mr Owens-Baigler added.

    The team first ventured into Soho with cocktail bar Golden Gai, but decided to turn it into a kushikatsu spot - complete with a 28-cover dining room and six seat counter.

    Kushikatsu, a speciality from Osaka, is fried skewers of meat, fish and veg.