Restaurant regulars pre-pay for meals over fear that many will go bankrupt
Restaurants in cantons Geneva and Vaud are asking regular clients to pre-pay for meals to make sure they can pay their bills during the lockdown.
Through a website, customers can buy vouchers from 10 to 250 francs which can be used for a meal when the restaurants can reopen.
Although some restaurants are running a take away option, Stéphane Raynaud who runs the Lion d’Or in Carouge says that’s not an option for everyone.
He told the Tribune de Genève the vouchers are a great idea and he’s already had some cash come in. He points out he still needs to pay rent.
The platform is run by La Fourchette which is owned by Trip Advisor. The company is not taking any commission and everything you pay will go to the restaurant.
The head of GastroSuisse, the bar, restaurant and hotel federation, Casimir Platzer, says if they can’t reopen in May around 30 to 40% will go bankrupt.
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