Food outlets go to the next level

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Restaurants and cafes are finding ways to offer their wares after the country this week moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 3.
Staff at Francesca’s Italian Kitchen in Wanaka were ‘‘ready to go’’ using contactless payment.
Owner Francesca Voza said while venues had been closed during Level 4 lockdown the team had been ‘‘working nonstop’’ making plans for what they could offer at Level 3, she said.
‘‘We’ve had apps developed for all of our restaurants, which will be able to help people order takeaways.’’
She had been able to retain about 70 staff who work at her venues in Wanaka, Albert Town, Dunedin and Christchurch, by taking advantage of the Government wage subsidy.

Ashoka Indian Restaurant and Bar in Alexandra was offering takeaways and free delivery up to about 15km from its kitchen.
Restaurant manager Charan Singh said he was getting calls from potential customers even before Level 3 began on Tuesday. ‘‘Some have even been asking for our bank account to put money in,’’ he said.

Benger Garden Cafe in Ettrick had established social distancing by creating two separate areas for payment and collection through windows of the cafe.
Co-owner Leandro Massariolo said it would be open for takeaways from early morning until mid-afternoon.
‘‘It will be the usual takeaways that we have, and we have shortened the hours because we don’t know if we will be busy or not.’’
It had followed the Government’s advice on how to operate at Level 3 and had high levels of cleaning in place as well as offering sanitiser to customers.
The aim was for most people to order by phone and then collect them, but because some of the customers were truck drivers it had devised a separate window for people to pay and collect, and eftpos machines would be cleaned between each payment, Mr Massariolo said.

Cromwell Brewhouse manager Vijay Behgal said his business in the Cromwell Mall was open from 11am to 9pm each day offering contactless delivery for its meals, including burgers, pub meals and ‘‘steakaways’’.
The staff were practising 2m distancing and wearing masks and gloves, and sanitiser was provided at a pickup station.