Gin­ger Kitchen re-opens af­ter five weeks

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Gin­ger Kitchen has re­opened af­ter five weeks of tem­po­rary clo­sure. Lo­cated at the Fiji Mu­seum com­plex, on Cakobau Road, Suva, the café had tem­po­rar­ily closed back in March as busi­ness was slow since the global spread of COVID-19.

Owner Bruce South­wick said they re­opened as the busi­ness needed to re­cover its sales, lost dur­ing the lock­down pe­riod.

Re-open­ing

He said the Fiji Mu­seum was kind enough to give Gin­ger Kitchen a rent hol­i­day and ex­tra space to al­low so­cial dis­tanc­ing be­tween ta­bles. “Prior to re-open­ing we had spent two weeks clean­ing the ta­bles and chairs as it had be­gun to get mouldy for be­ing closed for five weeks.

“I had in­vested be­tween $3,000 - $4,000 to get the café up and run­ning.

“Al­though we were closed, cus­tomers had stopped by, for­tu­nately we had the cof­fee ma­chine run­ning so I of­fered free cof­fee,” he said. Dur­ing the lock­down, Mr South­wick stayed in touch with the staff pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port when he could.

Mr South­wick re­mains hope­ful that with the cafe re­opened, busi­ness would pick up.

Gin­ger Kitchen cur­rently has three staff mem­bers work­ing.

Op­er­at­ing hours

Cafe op­er­at­ing hours are be­tween 7am - 3pm, six days a week and closes on Sun­day.

Gin­ger Kitchen open sig­nage. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

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