South Africa is entering what is called stage 4 lockdown on May 1st which will allow restaurants and other businesses to reopen but under certain restrictions.

However, restaurants will have to evaluate whether opening for delivery takeaways only will be viable for business by matching their expenses with possible income.

This kind of situation is the reason why restaurants like Ocean Basket have decided not to open. The seafood restaurant noted that delivery takeaways only contribute less than 15% of the entire chain’s revenue and more than 40% of Ocean Basket’s restaurants are situated where there are few or no delivery mechanisms like Mr D and Uber Eats.

The table below provides an overview of the feedback provided by prominent restaurants and fast food outlets.

Restaurants in South Africa
Fast Food Restaurant Open on 1 May
KFC Yet to confirm
Steers Awaiting new regulations
Debonairs Awaiting new regulations
Wimpy Awaiting new regulations
Nando’s Yes
McDonald’s Yet to confirm
Fishaways Awaiting new regulations
Roman’s Pizza Only selected restaurants – limited menu
Fish & Chips Co. Only selected restaurants
Pizza Perfect Yes
Burger King Yet to confirm
Restaurant Open on 1 May
Spur Dependent on franchise owner
Rocomamas Dependent on franchise owner
Turn n Tender Awaiting new regulations
Ocean Basket No
Tasha’s Awaiting new regulations
Col’Cacchio Only selected restaurants
Mugg & Bean Awaiting new regulations
Doppio Zero Only selected restaurants
Simply Asia Yes
Salsa Awaiting new regulations

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