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Christmas, New Year lift restaurant business

Restaurants in the capital have been doing good business for the past couple of weeks thanks to the growing number of Nepalis celebrating Christmas and English New Year.

According to restaurateurs, daily sales have jumped by as much as 40 percent compared to sales figures of few weeks ago.

“We have been receiving good number of customers since a fortnight. Sales is also good,” Bijaya Khatiwada, proprietor of Rose Merry Kitchen Restaurant at Thamel, said. “Though sale figures is better compared to last year, number of footfall is low because of campaign against drunk-driving.” He said customers do not stay in restaurants till late night as they don´t want to be arrested on drunk-driving.

KFC, a multi-national eatery chain, at Durbar Marg also recorded good business over the past two weeks. “Our sales during Chirstmas-New Year period was up 25 percent compared to normal daily sales,” an official at KFC said. “But sales figures were down 50 percent when compared to same season last year.” The official also said number of foreigner visiting KFC was down during Christmas and New Year.

Chapter 9 Restaurant of Jhamsikhel also witnessed 20 percent growth in sales this month. “It is natural for the business to go up during Christmas and New Year. This growth, however, doesn´t last long,” Ujjwal Dhakal, manager of Chapter 9, told Republica. He said the campaign against drunk-driving has affected restaurant business so much that it would take some time for the business to return to normalcy.

Plaza Kitchen Restaurant at Putalisadak, however, didn´t see good business during Christmas-New Year period. “I think we didn´t get good business because of our location. To get good business, restaurants should be located in city center,” he added.

Restaurateurs fear their business will go down once the celebrations are over. They also urged the government to conduct campaign against drunk-driving in a systematic manner.

“We are not against the campaign launched by the government,” Tejendra Shrestha, president of Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN), said, adding, “We only want the government to limit alcohol intake instead of arresting everyone who consumes alcohol.”

source: republica, 02 Jan 2013

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