Emma and I continue to ask each other, "but what will happen when we finally are allowed to reopen our business?". Are we going to have to put awkward glass divisions on our tables? Is our team going to have to endure sweaty palms under latex gloves? Or a sticky face under masks during an 8 hour shift? There are many uncomfortable factors that have me questioning the future of hospitality all together. Why would people choose to socialize uncomfortably in a controlled environment when they can be in the comfort of their own home with whomever they choose?
Upon opening Mahalo (hopefully within a couple of weeks), we are planning to cater to exactly the best of both worlds. We want to offer a private dining and social experience just as you would be in the comfort of your own home, with your choice of up to 16 family or friends. You get the fulfillment of getting out of the house, being social, dining in a full service restaurant, but all under the safety and control of having your own private space. Luckily for us, Mahalo Cocina & Jardin has many private spaces allowing us to create a new way of dining. Choose between the "Salon Clandestino", the Las Clementinas Rooftop or up to 3 other options for your dinner party. As we know everyone's economic situation has been effected from this bumpy ride, we will also be allowing BYOB for the first 3 months, to allow people an accessible options to get out of the house and treat themselves. Dinner parties will start at $30 per person. Contact us for more details!
This isn't ideally how I imagined us starting our blog, but hey, there is no avoiding the crisis we are all facing today around the world. There were two immediate issues that we have had to deal with since day one of the virus hitting Panama. Keeping our employees safe and healthy, and finding a way to maintain some money in their pockets through these uncertain times. Many restaurants closed their doors on day one, but we haven't been ready to give up the fight.
The first and foremost task at hand was to figure out what safety measures need to be taken to operate a restaurant during these times. This is new for everyone, and not even the ministry of health has dealt with a situation of this caliber before. Masks and gloves are a must at all time within the restaurant, and we also disinfect with a full body spray upon arriving to the workplace.
Temporarily we have closed Snack Shack to minimize our expenses and operate from one kitchen. We are offering small selection of the customers' favorite dishes from Mahalo Snack Shack & Mahalo Cocina y Jardin. We are rotating our team (only those who would like to or can work), in shifts of six days at a time, where they earn a daily wage. This means although their contracts are suspended, and we aren't able to meet their usual salary, they are still able to have extra money for food and supplies.
While we hope to see an end to this pandemic soon, we are working on many new exciting projects for the return of Mahalo. Stay tuned...