In addition to avoiding gatherings, many restaurant employees are currently outside Dhaka city, making it difficult to prepare the Iftar menu
Most restaurants across Dhaka city are refraining from making Iftar food items in an efforts to curb the coronavirus situation by avoiding gatherings.
In addition to avoiding gatherings, many restaurant employees are currently outside Dhaka city, making it difficult to prepare the Iftar menu, several restaurant managers said.
The month of holly Ramadan is likely to begin from tomorrow, or day after tomorrow.
All Ramadan-centric businesses including Iftar food items will be feckless this year amid the nationwide shutdown.
Every year vendors, bakers and other food producers prepare Iftar food items during Ramadan across the country. Some of them are aiming to sell their products online instead of selling on the street.
However, larger producers including some renowned restaurants in the Old Dhaka will remain completely closed during Ramadan.
An employee of Baburchi Iftar Bazar at Jigatola, Mohammad Moyeen informed Dhaka Tribune that they will not open their restaurant during the lockdown.
“Demand for our Iftar food items is very high but we will remain closed during the shutdown to fight the ongoing pandemic, said Moyeen.
A large Iftar food shop named Capital Iftar Bazar at Baily Road will also remain closed.
Md Bashir Uddin , managing director, Capital Iftar Bazar said: “Although we are in the business of bakery and confectionery items, we produce different Iftar items on a large scale every Ramadan on Bailey Road.”
“We earn plenty by selling food items in the pious month because of our reputation, but this year our shop will have to count huge losses,” added Bashir.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon also will not sell Iftar food items during this Ramadan. The hotel supervisor, Nazmul Haque said most of their staff are on holiday due to the shutdown and thus there is no way to prepare Iftar items this year.
“There are no guests at the hotel due to the shutdown and I do not know how the hotel will recover from these losses,” added Haque.
However, a few hotels have taken different strategies for preparing and selling Iftar food items.
Hotel Westin is planning to prepare Iftar with three different packages that can be bought from home, informed Mohammad Shaown, a waiter of the hotel.
“We will not sell these in a buffet to avoid crowds. Customers can take these packages from our hotels after booking through mobile and Facebook, but we are yet to decide whether we will start a home delivery system or not,” Shaown said.