KL eateries roll out takeaway and delivery services

A worker putting up a temporary closure sign at Backyard in Sri Hartamas. It will reopen in two weeks.

THE movement control order in the wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases has compelled some restaurant owners to close shop while others are offering customers takeaway and food delivery options.

Champ’s Bistro proprietor Richard Nah decided it was best to close all three restaurants located in Bangsar Shopping Centre, The Starling in Petaling Jaya and Plaza Batai in Bukit Damansara during the restriction period.

“I only had a 24-hour window to tell customers of the takeaway option and was not sure if the message would reach them.

“Thus ceasing operations was a less risky and costly option, ” said Nah, adding that he told his full-time staff to go on leave.

Backyard pub owner Jerry Chong announced today that they will completely shut down operations including takeaway and home delivery orders during these two weeks.

Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock owner Ernest Ong, who has about 200 staff under his care in six restaurants, said they offered takeaway and food delivery options but maintained stringent control on movement between staff, customers and delivery dispatch riders.

“Many of the staff are not locals and live in hostels and we cannot just tell them to go elsewhere.

“We held town hall meetings to inform the staff on practising good hygiene and controlling our movements, ” said Ong, adding that there were branches in Publika, Oasis Boulevard, PJ 33, Bangsar South, Petaling Street and Glenmarie.

Huckleberry Hospitality Group general manager Puvan Subramanyam said takeaways and food deliveries would be available during the two weeks at its restaurants in Plaza Damansara and BSC.

“Hygiene and cleanliness is paramount as our staff apply hand sanitiser, wear gloves and constantly clean the surfaces.

“Hand sanitiser is readily available for our patrons too. We practice contactless delivery to minimise interaction, ” he said.

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