By Van Ngoc – Translated by Kim Khanh
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The Tokyo Deli Restaurant on Nguy Nhu Kon Tum Street in Hanoi closed its doors two months ago for the Tet holiday, but it has now decided to never open again. The long Covid-19 pandemic has hit many restaurants hard.
Tokyo Deli announced the closure of two of its five restaurants in Hanoi, including one on Nguy Nhu Kon Tum Street and in D2 Giang Vo Quarter. The other three restaurants in Hanoi and nine in HCM City are still open.
Tokyo Deli, owned by Tan Viet Nhat Food Company Ltd, is a familiar Japanese food brand in Vietnam. The first restaurant of the chain opened in the Phu My Hung residential quarter in 2007 in HCM City. After 10 years, the chain had 20 branches, including 15 in HCM City and five in Hanoi. But in order to survive, the number of branches has been cut.
Sump Yakiniku, a brand belonging to Golden Gate, is in the same situation. It has closed a restaurant on Huynh Thuc Khang Street temporarily. Earlier, the Japanese barbecue restaurant closed down its restaurant at Royal City.
One year ago, Golden Gate, the largest restaurant chain in Vietnam, which owns a lot of well-known brands, including Kichi Kichi, Sumo BBQ, Vuvuzela and Gogi, had to shut down nearly 400 restaurants in 45 cities and provinces within a four to five week period in March and April.
Covid-19 has also hit Redsun hard. Nguyen Nam Trung, managing director of Redsun, admitted that in November 2020, his company ran into problems because of old debts and high monthly rent of VND30 billion.
Joining the market later than Golden Gate, Redsun own more than 10 high-end food brand names and a series of well-known restaurants, namely Seoul Garden, ThaiExpress, King BBQ, Sushi Kei and Hotpot Story.
Nearly all restaurants, from conveyor belt hot pot places to Korean-style barbecue to spicy noodles, all have been hit hard by the pandemic. Many crowded restaurants which brought high profits to their owners have quietly left the market.
|Nearly all restaurants, from conveyor belt hot pot places to Korean-style barbecue to spicy noodles, all have been hit hard by the pandemic. Many crowded restaurants which brought high profits to their owners have quietly left the market.|
A branding expert said that investors who shut down restaurants will lose billions of dong, but they have no choice as they cannot pay the high retail rent if the restaurants aren’t operating or have poor patronage. They also think that demand will decrease after the pandemic ends.
Tran Duc Minh, an expert in the field, said that Vietnam’s food and beverage sector is experiencing “the most brutal natural selection in history”. Even large F&B chains have also suffered from a large-scale crisis, while smaller chains have “given up the game”.
Before the pandemic broke out, a number of Mon Hue (Hue dishes) restaurants closed down. Even with huge investment capital of $30 million, the chain could not survive because of ineffective administration, marketing and brand management.
Struggling to survive
To survive the pandemic, restaurant chains have had to change to adapt to new circumstances. They now attach more importance to online sales, delivery services, and measures to ensure food safety.
Golden Gate has upgraded its app The Golden Spoon which started in 2016. Orders can he made on Now, Baemin and Grab Food, but also through its own G-Delivery technology.
The founder of Pizza Home said that before the pandemic, he, like many other investors in the F&B sector, wanted to choose large retail premises in advantageous positions for their restaurants. But he has changed his mind after realizing that large premises are a heavy burden on investors.
Being self-sufficient in vegetables thanks to its own vegetable farm, the Cuon and Rolls chain not only sells food online and offline, but also sells vegetable combos at VND200,000 per six kilograms of vegetables and hot-pot broth.
Minh said there are always opportunities amid difficulties. Restaurant owners all said they can see the great potential of the F&B sector once the pandemic ends. However, they now need to try to exist until that moment arrives.
King Restaurant on Le Lai Street in District 1 was found operating six karaoke rooms with dozens of customers inside on Tuesday night by a team of inspectors headed by city vice chairman Duong Anh Duc.
“The delegation was on patrol without notifying local authorities,” Duc said.
The police have not announced the fine yet, but said the restaurant could be punished for “failing to suspend business activities or services in public places to contain Covid-19,” which carries a cash penalty of VND20-40 million ($867-1,730).
The customers included eight Chinese and Japanese men who were inside with several female restaurant staff.
One of the Chinese men had just completed his 14-day mandatory quarantine on entering Vietnam and was still in the self-quarantine period. Protocol requires him to isolate himself at his place of accommodation for a week, avoid crowded places and keep a distance from people at the workplace.
Medical personnel were dispatched to the restaurant to take samples from around 50 staff and customers to test for Covid.
Since April 30 all bars, discotheques and karaoke parlors in the city have been closed.
A day earlier a man in Binh Tan District was diagnosed with the disease. Until then the city had gone 75 days without local transmission.
The man from the northern province of Ha Nam was visiting relatives in the city when he tested positive. He had come into contact with a man who had returned from Japan and was later found to be infected.
As of Wednesday Vietnam had 38 Covid patients in the ongoing outbreak that began on April 27 after more than a month’s hiatus.
Of the 38, 35 are linked to hotspots in the northern provinces of Vinh Phuc and Ha Nam, where people have been found to have Covid after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine and testing negative two or three times, including the Japan returnee.
Accordingly, the People’s Committee of Nha Trang City issued an administrative fine on food safety and food hygiene regulations with Mr. Nguyen Tan Vu, the owner of Lang Chai – Cau Da Harbor – Nha Trang 3 seafood restaurant based on To Hieu Street, Nha Trang City.
Last month, the People’s Committee of Nha Trang City had issued a fine of VND13,250,000 (US$574) to Thap Ba 86 restaurant for overcharging a tourist and administrative violations.
By Van Ngoc-Translated by Huyen Huong
Indoor sports facilities, wedding reception centers, and buffet restaurants across Ho Chi Minh City will be shuttered from 6:00 pm on Friday as authorities took stricter measures to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
The municipal People’s Committees said in an announcement on Friday morning that the shutdown will be applied to all gyms, fitness centers, billiard halls, yoga classes and other types of indoor sports facilities; wedding reception centers; buffet restaurants; and diners serving food along with karaoke and singalong services.
Events and activities that attract more than 30 people in public places will also be banned.
Other services will remain open but strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures must be imposed.
Organizers of events and activities have to make sure participants keep a one-meter distance between each other, and the number of participants must not exceed 50 percent of the venue’s capacity.
Attendees have to wear face masks, have their body temperature measures, and sanitize their hands.
Authorities in the southern metropolis previously closed all karaoke parlors, bars, and discos from April 30, and massage parlors, saunas, cinemas, theaters, and online game centers from May 3.
The metropolis detected one community-based COVID-19 infection on April 29.
On Friday morning, the municipal health department reported a case where a man retested positive for COVID-19 following his treatment in southern Kien Giang Province.
An alley in District 3 where the man resides has been locked down.
Vietnam has recorded 3,091 coronavirus patients as of Friday afternoon, with 2,560 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the health ministry.
The country has registered 121 local infections in over a dozen provinces and cities in this fourth wave that started on April 27.
All people have to strictly comply with the pandemic control and prevention measures, keep a distance of at least one meter from each other, perform participant limitation at necessary events, regularly have their temperature checked, wear facial masks, use hand sanitizer, etc.
Earlier, the city had respectively closed unnecessary services and activities such as karaoke lounges, discos, bars, conferences, seminars, massages, saunas, theatrical and cultural shows, cinemas and arcade game centers against the risk of Covid-19 infection.
By Thanh An- Translated by Huyen Huong