New research suggests that moving to a takeaway/delivery business model during lockdown saved over half of all independent restaurants in Ireland.

It comes from a survey done by Europe’s leading online ordering and loyalty platform for takeaways and restaurants ‘Flipdish’.

2,500 members of the Restaurant Association of Ireland were canvassed in March for the survey.

The research found only 26% of restaurant owners relied on the likes of Just Eat and Deliveroo.

While 68% of restaurant owners created their own takeaway or food delivery service in the aftermath of the first lockdown restrictions.

57% believed without moving to takeaway, they wouldn’t have survived.

Owners believe they had to take matters into their own hands as 56% do not believe government support has been adequate.

The survey was commissioned to mark the anniversary of the first lockdown in Ireland.

It also wanted to bring attention to the challenges that the hospitality sector had experienced in the previous 12 months.