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In pandemic, restaurateurs bank on takeaways and home delivery to sustain business

Post by on Sunday, July 11, 2021

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As the Covid-19 situation improved gradually, the administration allowed eateries to open for takeaways and home delivery of food. When the pandemic was at its peak, most of the businesses in Kashmir like in other parts of the world faced a slump. Now with restrictions easing out, many restaurants here started offering online booking of food on orders. 
The demand for takeaways and home deliveries have also surged over the past few weeks. Many restaurant owners launched mobile apps for orders, while some are using social media apps like Instagram to attract customers. 
As the government has allowed limited dine in facility, the restaurant owners also ensure that the customers who turn up at their eatery enjoy the food while following all the envisaged protocols and SOPs.
Café Ababeel
Café Ababeel is located in the uptown Jawaharnagar locality of Srinagar. This café offers a limited menu due to lockdown-induced restrictions.
Owner of the café, Moomin Bilal, said it is quieter these days as people prefer to spend their time staying at home.
“We are providing takeaways on orders while ensuring all SOPs are followed during its preparations and delivery also.”
The restaurant owner says he tries his best to provide better services to the customers so that they enjoy their meals while following all prescribed Covid-19 guidelines.
The café provides a wide range of food including Indian and Continental one.
This newly opened restaurant is located in the heart of the city Lal Chowk near the famous clock-tower (Ghanta Ghar). The restaurant offers a wide variety of delicacies to choose from. 
They specialise in Mughlai, Indian, Continental and Chinese foods.
The café opened just before Ramadhan and is offering a flavourful menu featuring exceptional cuisines.
In Tandoor, you will be spoilt for choices with specialties such as Special Tandoori Karachi Tikka, Peshawari Tikka, Changezi Chicken, Murg Musallam, Dum Biryani, and Minced Mutton Pancake to name a few.
The owner of the restaurant, Faisal Mir, said friends and families turn up for the sumptuous menu. 
“Keeping the current circumstances in mind, we offer takeaways and home delivery of food.”
“I was told the restaurant won’t do well during the lockdown so it would be better to open it after the pandemic is over. But I was restless and opened the restaurant just before Ramadhan.  Now it is doing quite well,” he said.
He, however, said there is not a huge rush of people because of the ongoing pandemic.
However, providing services at the doorsteps gives him solace. “Those who turn up to dine in we ensure they adhere to all the prescribed SOPs and guidelines issued by the government,” he added.
Shamyana is situated along the Boulevard Road on the banks of famous Dal Lake. If you want a definite fulsome dinner, this restaurant offers a wide range of food varieties including the traditional Wazwan.
The restaurant is considered a family place as people enjoy the same comfort outside of their homes.
Shamyana offers traditional Kashmiri food apart from both vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu from different cuisines.
A worker at this restaurant said the rush of people is not as much as they used to have during normal days.
He said they offer different kinds of drinks, traditional food including Roganjosh, Chicken Handi, Paneer Handi and much more.
 Idrees Shah, a local from the Natipora area of Srinagar, said he is missing the culture of eating out after he returned back to the valley.
Razia Ibrahim, a local from Gulab-bagh locality on the outskirts of Srinagar, said she has maintained the habit of eating out with her children.
“I encourage my children to go out for meals so that they get used to the social gatherings,” said Razia.
She said, “I have maintained this habit to enjoy some good time with my family. It has also helped my children to be socially active.”

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