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Even as the district administration allowed malls and restaurants to reopen earlier this week, dining at your favourite restaurant might take a while. The DM announced on Sunday that restaurants and malls in Varanasi will open as per the Centre’s guidelines, but a few restaurants in the city are still unsure about resuming operations. Restaurateurs say reopening restaurants with the 9pm deadline isn’t viable.
Not feasible to open now: Restaurateurs
Udai Rao, co-partner of a restaurant situated at Fateman road in Varanasi, says, “The district administration has taken the decision to allow opening of restaurants on alternate days on specific days on the basis of its location. So we are getting the chance to open our place at the maximum for 15 days which is not a good business proposition for us keeping in mind the expenses involved. Moreover, even if the staff of our restaurant comes for only half of the month, we will have to pay them salaries for the entire month. So the total cost of all this will be quite a sum. That’s why we are not opening as of now.”
‘Reopening only for drive-ins’
While others are going out of the way to innovate to ensure business. Anshuman Singh, owner of a restaurant in Varanasi has started a one of its kind drive in facility where people will be served within the safe confines of their cars. “All they have to do is log on to our app where a menu is displayed which they have to select the dish from it and drive into our property. We then serve them within the safety of their vehicle with food which is straight out of our kitchen, prepared by our staff following all safety and heallth guidelines.”
‘Keeping a limited menu’
Devendra Kumar Dwivedi, a senior staff at a restaurant specializing in South Indian delicacies situated says, “Ever since the unlock has been announced, hardly any customers have walked in. Keeping in view the dull business we have curtailed our menu substantially. Only the basics in South Indian like masala dosa and in Chinese cuisine is available at our restaurant.”
Why will people come in the evening in this heat?, ask restaurateurs
Santosh Yadav, senior staff at a Chinese restaurant in Ravindrapuri Colony in Varanasi, says, “The arrangement for alternate day opening of the restaurant has made us decide not to open the restaurant. In the present situation we would be allowed to open only thrice a week and that too till just 7pm. With such limitations it is difficult for us to function. Who will eat so early in the day and why should we prepare food and then let it go waste?