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KUWAIT CITY, Mar 3: Restaurants and Cafes in Kuwait are still suffering consequences of the coronavirus pandemic despite a gap of two years, stated President of Kuwaiti Federation of Restaurants , Cafes and Catering Fahd Al-Arbash. He stated that the restaurant sector in Kuwait may suffer for about 5 yrs unless the state moves in to support the local economy and open up tourism and employment.
The Owners of the restaurants and cafes are crippled with loans and rents due to closing of commercial and economic activities, besides this employees salaries and miscellaneous costs have piled up due to the pandemic conditions.
Al Arbash stated that despite returning to normal in the country, the restaurant sector has not returned as it was prior to the pandemic era. There have been marginal customers coming into the restaurants mainly due to national holidays as a large number of citizens have traveled out of Kuwait due to long holidays.
Many restaurants in Kuwait have become dependent on home delivery orders, even in home delivery orders there has been a decrease in orders due to the number of citizens who are either spending holidays on farms, chalets and hotels or traveled abroad.
The restaurants and cafes which generally benefit from citizens are generally located in major commercial complexes, but these restaurants are merely 20% of total restaurants operating in Kuwait, reports Al Anba. Rest of the 80% restaurants are facing decline in revenue.
Also, rise in foodstuff prices are greatly affecting profits of restaurants and cafes as they are committed to the price list on the menu, this prompts a question that will restaurants and cafes in Kuwait continue to withstand high food prices without support of the state for young people who run these restaurants.