Muslims all over the world are observing the mandatory Ramadan prayer and fasting for 30 days. Naturally whosoever that is involved in this spiritual exercise must not eat or drink within that period.
But in the city, artisans and atimes families eat out. This must have adverse effect on restaurant and bar operators. Here ENCOMIUM Weekly brings you their reactions…
ADESOLA, Chicago Bar and Lounge
To be honest, the patronage was low, because of the Ramadan, people didn’t come out to drink like they used to. So, patronage was low. We sell a lot at night, from 7pm. That’s when people leave work. So, I guess they just want to relax over some couple of drinks themselves or with friends.
We are used to the system. During Ramadan, our sales are low, so, we just endure for the 30days and after that things return to normal.
OLUWASEUN, Ben K Bar and Lounge
Not too bad, it’s normal that muslims keep away from drinking alcohol during Ramadan. We open all day, but people come in most at night. We try not to over budget. We work on a moderate budget that will make us realise our money quickly.
BLESSING, Rhasody Restaurant, Ikeja
No, not really. Everything has been working as always. We experienced our highest sales during weekends, that’s Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. No, we didn’t have to make adjustments.
HAKEEM JIMO, Veggie Victory Restaurant, Victoria Island
There’s a general notion that during Ramadan business slows down, especially in the day. But for us at Veggie Victory (as a strictly vegetarian restaurant), since people in Ramadan are trying not to stuff themselves with food, they appreciate us and what we have on offer. Most people when they break their fast, visit us as we don’t serve any animal produce-be it meat, milk or even egg. In summary, in Ramadan business slows down during the day, but our customers appreciate the light food we serve. We still operate normally. We didn’t make any special adjustment for Ramadan.
JONES EKEOMA, Chop I Chop Hotel
The muslim fast period, generally called Ramadan is really affecting food business. We don’t have as much customers like we used to have. And by the time they are breaking the fast in the evening, we would have closed. There’s nothing anybody can do about it.
MARY UKET, Calabar Kitchen, Ojodu, Lagos
We are not in good business during Ramadan. Those fasting don’t eat. Business is slow. We are praying for more customers.