Kebab takeaways and restaurants, across Britain have backed NHS workers and others throughout the coronavirus crisis, often at great expense to themselves, but who will support them?
During the lockdown period these businesses have shown immense dedication to their communities by getting behind their local hospitals, care workers and the most vulnerable.
Staff at Enfield’s North Middlesex Hospital were even been fed by more than one kebab business. The nearby London bus-turned kebab shop Last Stop Kebab’s offer of free food to police and NHS personnel for a whole afternoon saw masses of hospital workers line up for a hot meal. Help also came from Haringey the next borough over, as Sabri Barackilic the owner of the Green Lanes-based Selale Restaurant also donated bags of food to the hospital’s staff.
Kebab businesses have provided vital support by helping keep the nation’s morale high, and ensuring those on the frontlines against covid-19 are well-fed. These businesses have shown their sense of civic duty, but many are also in danger of going under as they find themselves in dire straits.
With no choice but to cover the running costs of empty restaurants, paying staff wages and ordering supplies, many local kebab restaurants are forced to rely on takeaway and delivery. Some restaurants are even running at a loss as delivery giants JustEat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats charge them exorbitant commission rates of up to 35%.
“The problem with delivery is that their commissions are too high and it’s putting us in a really difficult situation and it’s very hard to cover all the costs of a restaurant as a takeaway” Huseyin, the manager of the Hackney-based Testi Restaurant told BritShish. “We expect the delivery companies such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats to lower their commission at least until this pandemic is over. I think most restaurants and takeaways are going to go bankrupt after all this is over as their commissions are way too high and people can’t afford to pay them.”
Takeaways and restaurants all over the UK are in this situation, but customers can help. You can support your favourite local restaurants and takeaways by ordering your food with cafes and restaurants directly — and avoiding Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Get the message out by posting on social media with the hashtag #DropTheApp.