Return to outdoor dining brings smiles back to restaurant staff faces – Pakistan

The commotion returns to Burnes Road as alfresco dining has resumed. —Fahim Siddiqi / White Star

KARACHI: The sidewalk tables are out again. It is difficult to park around restaurants and eateries. Once again, the waiters with menus in hand are seen rushing towards cars in search of a parking space.

During the day, they can be seen taking care of other minor arrangements, folding paper towels, etc., in anticipation of the evening rush. But for now, as alfresco dining is once again allowed in restaurants, expectations seem to exceed reality.

There are delivery guys’ motorcycles with crates parked there too to pick up orders and deliver. The waiters pay no attention to it. They will not receive any tips from this source. “I would only be doing packages for them during the lockdown and I wouldn’t get anything back for myself as they would pay the restaurant and leave,” Muneer told Boat Basin, Clifton. Dawn.

Aamir, chasing cars alongside Muneer, said any waiters who were still being held back by their bosses would leave home early. “There would be no demand for us. We were just grateful to keep our jobs because we only had our meager wages to live on, no tips at night as no restaurant was allowed to entertain customers in person at the time, ”he said. shoulders.

“All of us, vendors and places to eat, have disposable masks and disinfectants for our customers”

“We tipped during the day as people gave us orders for their cars for the food we were packing so they could take them home,” Fayyaz said, shortly before the popular Boat Basin area. , where the famous chaat house and the snack bar are located. Flamingo is located.

“A lot of the waiters who could ride bikes or own bikes were turned into delivery guys and they were able to earn a lot of tips that way, but not all of us were that lucky so we got carried away early,” said he added.

On Karachi’s other famous food street, Burnes Road, the roads are once again closed to traffic as tables are set for customers. The vendors, from chaat-wallahs to seafood vendors, kheer and rabri-wallah, gulab jamun-wallah all have a smile on their face.

“Splendor and sparkle will soon return to Burnes Road. Making take out for customers was no fun as we missed the people who enjoy the food we have prepared for them here only, ”said Mohammad Khaliq of Babu Special Fish Fry. “Now we also have to close precisely at 12 in the morning and we will. The place will turn into Cinderella’s pumpkin again,” he laughed.

Adnan from Adnan Chaat House said he was virtually bankrupt after banning open restaurants due to the pandemic. “But thank goodness the government has allowed it now. But we don’t take things lightly either. All of us, vendors and eating places, have disposable masks and disinfectants for our customers. We have to make sure that the proper SOPs are followed, otherwise there will be another ban on dining out, ”he said.

Irfan Illahi, the owner of the Waheed Hotel, said he was happy to not only see open meals allowed again, but also to see the waiters busy again. “They themselves seemed bored of standing idly by. We felt like we were overstaffed, but we retained our servers because we were convinced that sooner or later things would improve, ”he said.

“While there was and still is the option of take out or ordering home and home delivery, there are some things like barbecuing that are best when eaten fresh, hot and cold. on the spot. After all, foods that need to be reheated don’t taste the same, ”he said.

“Still,” he said, looking around, “we hope to see more people here as they learn that dining out is allowed. Things will get better and better from now on, especially on the weekends.

Tabish Ismail, a diner, was there at a table in Burnes Road with her younger half and two toddlers awaiting their order. “It was a rather spontaneous, or rather impulsive, gesture of us to come here today. We saw from the news that open meals were allowed again and we just decided to go out in the evening. We are happy to have come here. We desperately needed an exit, ”he smiled.

Posted in Dawn, le 15 June 2021

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