A Joburg mall now has a drive-in diner that serves you food from many restaurants - in your car
- You can now have a dine out experience in the comfort and safety of your car at a Fourways mall.
- While you are now allowed to have sit-down meals at restaurants under lockdown's Level 3 regulations, not everyone is comfortable enough to venture out yet.
- The Drive in Diner includes restaurants such as Doppio Zero, Salsa Mexican Grill, Nikos, Old Ducky French Café, Billy the B.U.M.’s and Lock, Stock and Beer.
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Regulations on sit-down restaurants have been relaxed during Level 3 of the national lockdown, but not everyone is quite comfortable enough to venture out yet. You can, however, still have a ‘dine out’ experience in the comfort and safety of your car, with this drive-in service in Fourways.
The Drive in Diner, which includes restaurants such as Doppio Zero, Salsa Mexican Grill, Nikos, Old Ducky French Café, Billy the B.U.M.’s and Lock, Stock and Beer was launched at Pineslopes Boulevard in Fourways in June. The service makes use of a joint single menu - the sale of alcoholic beverages is not included.
It's basically a drive-in restaurant, in which a waiter will take your order, and bring the food out to your car. That way, you can relax and enjoy your restaurant food, without the stress of face-masks and other people.
In response to the financial knock of lockdown, the eateries joined forces with mall owners, Fortress Property Group, to provide the service.
“Customers do not have to leave their vehicle if they do not want to – we have found that some do get out and chat to their friends in other vehicles,” said Vuso Majija, director of Fortress REIT Limited’s retail profile.
With regulations also being relaxed for cinemas, it would be a logical move to make it a full drive-in experience, where you can get dinner and a movie in your car. Fortress says it's actively looking at ways to make this happen. “It was always the intention to include this additional activity, we had to wait though for until we could,” said Majija.
Here’s how it works:
- Designated parking areas have been cordoned off, where you will park your car.
- A waiter from one of the included restaurants will welcome you and take your order.
- You will be handed a single menu with all the participating restaurants, as resources are shared.
- Once your order has been taken, a tray will be clipped on to the window of your car.
- The order will be brought to the window once it is ready.
- Service is available daily, from 11:00 to 20:00.
- Card payments can be made once your order arrives.
“We certainly hope that the Diner will become successful enough to continue as a permanent feature and the team is ready and geared. When more of our restaurants want to join, we’ll be happy to include them,” Majija added.
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