Since the 'no seating regulations' were introduced on March 30, Antojitos has seen a decrease of over 50 per cent in sales and has had to reduce its staff from 31 to 15 employees.
The business has had to make significant changes to adapt to the 'takeaway' only trade. The menu previously tailored around the dining experience, but changes have been made to the menu and to new software to cater for takeaway only trade through an online platform and phone ordering.
"Although Antojitos is taking significant hits due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we appreciate that we are in a better situation than most and feel that it is important to recognise and help within areas of the community that need it most," Antojitos' Eric Flores said.
"With an increase in domestic violence with home isolation and lockdowns in NSW, we feel that giving back to those that are faced with such hardship deserve the support of Antojitos.
"So, we are giving the proceeds of our chicken tortilla soup to Victims of Crime Assistance League (Vocal) based in Newcastle."
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