A Staffordshire restaurant owner says he is missing out on the most lucrative time of year and has just TWO bookings for Christmas.
Bablu Miah, owner of Claypot Lounge in New Street, Burton, says his restaurant would normally be rammed with bookings as the Christmas party season gets underway, but due to the second lockdown and social distancing rules, he has just two Christmas party meals booked for Boxing Day – and he fears they could be cancelled due to the pandemic.
Despite offering a takeaway service during both lockdowns he still fears his business may have to stay shut if the town is put in the toughest tier restrictions, reports StaffordshireLive.
Mr Miah, who lives in Birmingham, said: “Trading as just a takeaway service is not the same.
“Thankfully we have had some regular customers who would normally eat in, ordering a takeaway but it’s not the same as we love seeing our customers eating and enjoying the food in front of us.
“We had already taken orders from customers who wanted to come back and eat in after the lockdown was lifted, but now it’s looking like we will have to cancel them.
“It’s a real shame, especially with the lead up to Christmas, you would get a lot of Christmas work and family parties and from a business point of view, it would be a really fruitful time of the year.
Abdul Muhit, owner of Manzil Gold, in Guild Street, said: “Since the start of the second lockdown, business has been very quiet and it’s nowhere near as busy as we were when the first lockdown was announced.
“The takeaway and collection service is being offered by every restaurant so naturally customers will have all their options to choose from, so it was expected.
“The ready meal concept has helped and now I am just waiting to see what happens on Thursday.
“I know it is very unlikely based on the figures but I am hoping we are allowed to open and look forward to serving my customers again.”