Dining out is the new ‘in’ – FEDHASA thanks South Africans for supporting their local restaurants

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This Restaurant Week, FEDHASA is calling on South Africans to support their local restaurants by putting them at the top of the food chain.

Run from 1 October to 14 November, Restaurant Week provides patrons with special foodie deals and experiences at some of South Africa’s firm favourites.

The incredible support of South Africans over the past 18 months has been at the heart of the restaurant industry’s survival, says Rosemary Anderson, FEDHASA National Chairperson.

“Times have been tough and for an exceptionally long time our ability to enjoy a meal has been restricted. It’s been heart-breaking to see favourite eateries close and chefs and waiters losing their livelihoods as a result. Restaurant Week serves as a reminder to those of us with the means to eat out, that by doing so we directly help to keep these restaurants and jobs alive,” says Anderson.

The new normal is now in place and FEDHASA urges those South Africans who can support their local restaurants to do so adhering to the health and hygiene protocols. “We want to avoid our right to go out being curbed again and therefore ask each patron to do what they can to help us stick to those safety protocols we’ve been exercising for many months to ensure that both staff and guests remain safe and we get to keep our doors open by mitigating any chance of restrictions being imposed yet again,” Anderson says.

The hospitality industry has been amongst those industries hardest hit throughout COVID, says Anderson. “For now, the answer is to ensure the survival of our restaurants and lessen further economic losses and job cuts. Don’t cook tonight, go out.”