Greek steakhouse owner happy with more patrons

PANAGIOTIS KALAMIDAS was happy to receive more diners at his steakhouse in Nanshan District that reopened March 21 following a week of shutdown due to the epidemic.

The steakhouse now offers dine-in services at 75% capacity as regulations allow, with deliveries available.

The Greek expat said when the city entered into lockdown, his restaurant began to do delivery on Meituan, one of the country’s main take-out food platforms. โ€œWe did from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We got a bit of business because we have a lot of loyal guests that still wanted to enjoy some good steaks and wine. But nothing compared to a running restaurant.โ€

The chef joked that he was kind of working from home through his phone. โ€œI had to be on the phone all the time and tried to explain to my staffers over the phone: how to cook this, how to make that and so on.โ€

โ€œWe were up and running straight away on lunchtime March 21. I felt excited to be back in the restaurant and cook. You can be with everybody together rather than staying at home and drinking wine all night,โ€ he said.

His steakhouseโ€™s customer flow rate has seen an increase over the past week as the local COVID cases in Shenzhen are recently decreasing. โ€œIf the restaurant is 75% full, Iโ€™ll be happy,โ€ Kalamidas said, hoping more people will come out to have meals.

Regarding the supportive policies unveiled by the city government Friday, he said yesterday that although it is not very clear how much help the restaurant can get, itโ€™s good that the authority has come up with policies to cover some costs for the catering sector.

Vegetables in the steakhouse are sourced from Guangzhou and Shenzhen. As Shenzhen is coming back to normal, Kalamidas said itโ€™s easier to buy in dry goods. โ€œToday, we have 90% of our dishes on the menu. It came through, but it wasnโ€™t an easy way for sure.โ€

โ€œWe were going to launch a spring menu in the beginning of March, but the lockdown stopped that, so hopefully we can do that in April,โ€ he said.

Source: ShenzhenDaily (https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MJWQk8rH9ZSjsGctcA0CCA)

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