Ginger Kitchen re-opens after five weeks
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.
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.
Cafe operating hours are between 7am - 3pm, six days a week and closes on Sunday.