Dine-in is out, takeaways the new trend in city | Ranchi News

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Ranchi: Over a month after the unlocking of restaurants and bars in the state, many in these sectors are quickly springing back to normal but the concept of eating out has undergone a paradigm shift in the city.
The trend of takeaways — either in person or through food aggregators — has become the preferred mode rather than dine-ins, the owners of most eateries said.
Kunwar Bhatia, the owner of the popular Kaveri restaurant, which has several chains, maintained that compared to last year, they have recovered to around 80% of the business since the unlock in June-end.
“But more than dine-ins, there has been a massive surge in takeaways since we reopened. In comparison to the last year, there has been more than 50% increase in packed food items. The good thing for us is that our business has managed to recover by 70%- 80% now,” he said.
Similarly, Ranjan Kumar, proprietor of another popular multi-cuisine restaurant in Kanke, said, “Takeaways are the new trend in the post lockdown period. For example, out of the 100 sales we make, 40%-50% currently are takeaways. In terms of the overall business, it is near normal now,” he said.
Even though Covid-19 cases have decreased substantially in the state, including in Ranchi, restaurant owners said they aren’t taking any chances in ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour at their joints. “Congested seating arrangements is no more the focus as everyone has realised that safety is important for the sustainability of the business. Hence, customers would always find ample distance between the tables at our restaurants. We also conduct regular sanitization of the seating area and kitchens to maintain a high standard of hygiene,” Bhatia said.
The manager of Kanha restaurant in Morabadi said unlike the first wave, people have also become highly cautious which makes their job easier to maintain Covid appropriate behaviour at their place. “Earlier, one would have to tell repeatedly to people to put on masks and sanitise their hands before entering, which at times made the customers angry. That is no more the case now,” he said.

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