Statement from Jason & Irha Atherton

After 34 years in the industry and 10 years of The Social Company, today we have made the devastating decision to temporarily close Pollen Street Social, City Social, Social Eating House, 5 Social, Hai Cenato, Pavlovas and Berners Tavern.

Considering the current situation, we feel it is in the interest of our amazing team and customers to keep them safe and take responsibility for all those that are vulnerable.

This decision has not come easy, we have tried our hardest to remain positive and keep going, however as the government has advised, it is now time to shut our doors and wait for the storm to blow over.

Today we have had the hardest job in the world having to end the employment of some of our wonderful team, who have worked endlessly to make our restaurants thrive. We have tried to treat everyone as fairly as possible and will continue to support our team as much as we can.

This difficult decision is truly heart-breaking; however, we hope in the next two to three months we will be back stronger than ever, and that the government will stand by us to help make this happen.

To our whole team, some of whom have worked with us for over ten years, we thank you so much for your hard work, passion and determination. Thank you also to our loyal customers and supporters who are the reason we open our restaurants every day.

Over the next couple of months, we will be spending time as a family, keeping safe and supporting our industry and team in any way we can, giving them as much advice as possible.

This is an incredibly hard decision and one that has filled us with sadness and despair, however we can assure you that we will be back to business soon and we can’t wait to open our doors again.

If you have any questions please email We will keep you up to date with any changes and reopening dates on our social channels.

Stay safe and see you soon,

Jason and Irha Atherton