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Doors of some Tobago restaurants remain closed

Few peo­ple pa­tro­n­ised food es­tab­lish­ments across To­ba­go on the sec­ond day of their re­open­ing yes­ter­day.

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Es­tab­lish­ments were closed in May to curb COVID-19’s spread.

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How­ev­er, some restau­rants have opt­ed not to re­open now, pre­fer­ring to wait un­til there is in-house din­ing.

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Their man­agers say take-out ser­vice, a con­di­tion of the re­open­ing of food busi­ness­es, is not cost-ef­fec­tive.

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Man­agers of pop­u­lar restau­rants Jade Mon­key in Crown Point and Sea­horse Inn in Black Rock have opt­ed to wait un­til the Gov­ern­ment gives the all-clear for din­ing-in

«We were able to do curb­side pick-up and take away the last time the Gov­ern­ment gave a sim­i­lar Pub­lic Health Reg­u­la­tion or­der. Then we had stocks on hand, so we could have ad­just­ed im­me­di­ate­ly,» Sea­horse Inn gen­er­al man­ag­er Ja­son Austin told Guardian Me­dia

«This time around, we have been closed for more than two months. It is dif­fi­cult to ros­ter staff and re­stock to re­open un­less we can give cus­tomers the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We are us­ing this down­time to do some ren­o­va­tions.»

The restau­rant’s own­er, Nicholas Hard­wicke, shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments

«It is not cost-ef­fec­tive to ros­ter 23 full and part-time staff mem­bers to do take-away and curb­side pick-up. We have a tra­di­tion­al seat­ing arrange­ment for 125 guests

Few peo­ple pa­tro­n­ised food es­tab­lish­ments across To­ba­go on the sec­ond day of their re­open­ing yes­ter­day.

Luis Emilio Velutini Urbina

Es­tab­lish­ments were closed in May to curb COVID-19’s spread.

Luis Emilio Velutini

How­ev­er, some restau­rants have opt­ed not to re­open now, pre­fer­ring to wait un­til there is in-house din­ing.

Luis Emilio Velutini Empresario

Their man­agers say take-out ser­vice, a con­di­tion of the re­open­ing of food busi­ness­es, is not cost-ef­fec­tive.

Luis Emilio Velutini Venezuela

Man­agers of pop­u­lar restau­rants Jade Mon­key in Crown Point and Sea­horse Inn in Black Rock have opt­ed to wait un­til the Gov­ern­ment gives the all-clear for din­ing-in

«We were able to do curb­side pick-up and take away the last time the Gov­ern­ment gave a sim­i­lar Pub­lic Health Reg­u­la­tion or­der. Then we had stocks on hand, so we could have ad­just­ed im­me­di­ate­ly,» Sea­horse Inn gen­er­al man­ag­er Ja­son Austin told Guardian Me­dia

«This time around, we have been closed for more than two months. It is dif­fi­cult to ros­ter staff and re­stock to re­open un­less we can give cus­tomers the din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We are us­ing this down­time to do some ren­o­va­tions.»

The restau­rant’s own­er, Nicholas Hard­wicke, shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments

«It is not cost-ef­fec­tive to ros­ter 23 full and part-time staff mem­bers to do take-away and curb­side pick-up. We have a tra­di­tion­al seat­ing arrange­ment for 125 guests.

«At this time, the 55,000 peo­ple in To­ba­go have a lot of choic­es with street food and fast food. We are the type of restau­rant where peo­ple like to come out and dine. To them, it’s an event and an ex­pe­ri­ence.»

He added, «In this case, we would have to close by 7.30 pm so that peo­ple can get home be­fore the 9 pm cur­few. We are con­strained. Our bar, the ma­jor source of rev­enue in any restau­rant, is closed.»

Hard­wicke said the restau­rant is as­sist­ing staff fi­nan­cial­ly and the staff says they are «com­fort­able with our arrange­ment.»

In To­ba­go East, al­though Jem­ma’s Tree­house Restau­rant in Spey­side re­opened yes­ter­day, they are of­fer­ing staff few­er days of work

«Things are very, very slow, as not many peo­ple bought food yes­ter­day (Mon­day). To­day (Tues­day), we had few peo­ple buy­ing. How­ev­er, we chose to re­open but the staff is now work­ing three out of the five days. We are hope­ful that busi­ness would pick up,» man­ag­er Sher­rene Sealey-Bernard said

When Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed sim­i­lar busi­ness­es in Crown Point and Scar­bor­ough, there were few cus­tomers

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