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How we can help Hong Kong's restaurant industry during these trying times

It's a difficult time for our city's restaurants. Here's how we can all do our bit to help preserve Hong Kong's fantastic foodie scene!

Sam Evans
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Sam Evans

It’s a difficult time for our city’s restaurants, as the numbers of diners are down and the city's social distancing measures continue to impose restrictions on the operations of eateries. It is, therefore, more important than ever to show support for our friends in the restaurant industry, and here are some important ways we can all do our bit to preserve the food scene we love so dearly.  

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How to support Hong Kong's restaurants

Don’t want to dine in? Takeaway or get it delivered instead
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1. Don’t want to dine in? Takeaway or get it delivered instead

While it’s true that some of our favourite restaurants have temporarily halted operations, many haven’t, and do delivery and takeout – even some of those that didn’t previously! At this time, both restaurants backed by restaurant groups, and independent neighbourhood restaurants are vulnerable, and to overcome the challenges some have been upping their takeout game in a big way.

From elegant Japanese cuisine to greasy burgers, and even Michelin-starred munches, so many establishments are now providing delivery or takeout options that it’s quite frankly a glorious time for hungry homebodies. With this in mind, if you’re bored of home cooked meals, order online or pick up the phone and get some of your favourite food prepared by our city’s best chefs brought straight to your door!

Buy now, eat later
Photograph: Courtesy Black Sheep Restaurants

2. Buy now, eat later

These are trying times for restaurants the city over, especially when it comes to that all-important cash flow. Some restaurants are offering gift vouchers that can be redeemed for a good feast later on. Our friends from Black Sheep Restaurants group are offering $1,000 and $500 vouchers that can be purchased online and redeemed later, and other restaurants around the city like Uma Nota, Bedu, and Ruam are doing similarly. If unsure about a particular restaurant, simply shoot them an email or a call, and treat a friend or – better yet – treat future you.

Spread the word
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3. Spread the word

One thing that the coronavirus hasn’t changed is the importance of reputation, especially when it comes to our city’s restaurants. Cosy Italian eatery Ask for Alonzo blesses the neighbourhoods of Quarry Bay and Tai Hang, and the owner Bart Szyniec says that as of yet there is no support from outside organisations. " We appreciate customers who follow our social media, order via delivery platforms and hopefully talk about us in a positive way. We really appreciate any kind words right now!” Szyniec shares. 

That being said, what better time than now to stave off the stir crazy and write a Google review for that awesome spot you dined at last month, or tell your friends about that local eatery that’s delivering in their area! In a time like this it’s important to stay connected, stay supportive and stay healthy!

4. Support campaigns and initiatives helping the F&B industry

Time Out Hong Kong recently launched Open for Business campaign, in partnership with Visa to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment across all districts of Hong Kong. Over the next few months, we're rounding up our editors' picks from each neighbourhood. Visit Time Out's Open for Business campaign page to flip through the recommendations and companies that we are supporting. 

F&B industry leaders have also launched a petition calling for more support from the government. Or do your bit by supporting Save Hong Kong F&B, an alliance of over 300 bars and restaurants in the city who have been greatly affected by the ongoing crisis. The organisation has been supporting the F&B industry through voucher initiatives and lending their social and web platforms to highlight promotions and updates from participating businesses. Sign up for their newsletter to get regular updates and follow @savehkfnb on Instagram and Facebook for news and more information. 

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