Keep­ing your weight – and your waste – down

Friday - - Society -

A pay-for-what-you-eat model is pop­u­lar with lunch crowds in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Restau­rants such as Kilo Restau­rant and Las Chi­cas fea­ture buf­fets where cus­tomers pay ac­cord­ing to what they take on their plate, rather than a flat rate for the meal. This way, cus­tomers tend to waste less food – and pay less too.

Pick­ing up the trend, one restau­rant in Dubai has tried this. Gramo, which opened its doors in Global Vil­lage last year, tried to pro­mote moder­a­tion and re­duce waste by im­ple­ment­ing a pay-by-weight model.

The deal was launched in re­sponse to the nu­mer­ous lav­ish buf­fets in restau­rants across the city, where plates of food can go un­fin­ished and per­fectly good meals can end up in the garbage, say the own­ers, Lootah Ho­tel Man­age­ment, which also owns the Al Jawhara ho­tel chain.

While the restau­rant closed at the end of Global Vil­lage sea­son ear­lier this year, it is ex­pected to re­open at Global Vil­lage this De­cem­ber.

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