Restaurant owners thankful as dine-in services resume despite limited capacity under GCQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) – Restaurant owners expressed their gratitude to the government for allowing them to reopen their dine-in services, even in a limited 30 percent capacity only in adherence to the general community quarantine guidelines.

Viva International Food and Restaurants Inc. vice president for business development Stella Co Sy mentioned that despite the restricted dine-in capacity, their restaurants received a lot of diners yesterday.

“Around 50 to 60 percent of our sales yesterday came from the diners,” said Sy, whose company owns the paper Moon, Botejyu, Pepi Cubano, Wing Zone, and Yogorino chain of restaurants.

To ensure they are following government rules, Sy noted that in one of their restaurants which has a 40 person-capacity, they are allowing only 12 persons inside for dine-in.

She also emphasized the reopening of dine-in services will also help farmers, who are supplying the raw food items to them.

“We have to give jobs and help our farmers,” Sy said.

Mother Spice Food Corporation chief executive officer Eric Teng, who operate the Genki Sushi, Mango Tree, Cocina Peruvia, and Slappy Cakes restaurants, is also happy on the resumption of dine-in services even on a limited capacity.

“30 percent is better than zero. Just to open safely and responsibly and to have our customers come to our restaurants, that’s already God-sent for us. We’ve been waiting this day for the last three months,” said Teng.

Teng also expressed his optimism that families will eventually reconsider eating in their restaurants, minding the safety protocols they implemented.

“You go to the restaurant not because of the food alone, it’s also a gathering of friends and family. Eventually, people would still need to come to restaurants to celebrate normalcy,” Teng explained.

The COVID-19 task force allowed on Thursday the resumption of partial dine-in services in restaurants in general community quarantine areas this week. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said this is to help workers of restaurants who have been challenged by the quarantine protocols.