A Market Street eatery is putting smiles on the faces of its customers with grazing boxes full of essential items.
The staff at Deli and Dine on Market are so grateful to be able to help others with their essential takeaway packs they are lifting everyone's spirits by dancing on the job.
The grazing boxes are particularly popular with elderly customers so it has broadened the range of products following the pandemic panic rush on supermarkets.
Jo Nikolovski said the boxes include many essential items such as bread, antipasta, deli meat and cheese, potatoes, pumpkins, rice, flour, eggs and milk. As well as pumpkin soup, quiche and fresh pasta with home made sauce they make on the premises.
"They are helping keep four people employed here," she said.
And that was a good reason to keep dancing and smiling.
"Michael Matlijovski our barista loves latino dancing and is quite good at it. We do this all the time. Even though the place is empty we are not going to change who we are".
Ms Nikolovski said it was great to be able to help so many who have been going without essential items. She said watching elderly people coming back from their shopping without many of the items they needed prompted her to stock up. "This will help prevent them going into spaces with lots of people".
Three Flamingos Espresso in Albion Park is doing takeaway and home delivery as well as breakfast hampers and other essentials presently in short supply at supermarkets such as eggs, milk, flour, oats and pasta.
Christian Lovatt, of Bean Roasted Espresso Bars, in Shellharbour Village and Calderwood Valley, is among the many eateries doing everything they can to keep to keep the doors open and staff employed.
"We're doing our best to maintain staffing levels so everyone is getting their normal shifts and still providing a level of service to the community in a safe and healthy way".
"Every single person in our community is hurting in one way or another, and we will do our best to fill everyone's cup up".
Subway Dapto manager Kirrin Gruber said along with Menulog the business is doing online ordering for express pickup through the Subway Australia ordering App. "As the Covid-19 problems have developed we have tried to evolve our business to keep afloat. We have completely removed our indoor dining tables and chairs and also placed X marks on the floor with tape to show customers where to stand".
Grandma Rosies Dobre and Robert Atanasovski are doing a seven day home delivery of fruit, veg, milk, cheese and canned goods. It usually services clubs and local cafes and restaurants.
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