Take-away is the ticket to staying afloat for local restaurants and bars

The team at Elton Chong preparing takeaway options. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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As Greater Sydney deals with a second lockdown, local restaurants and cafés are serving up take-away options to keep their doors open.

With a range of cuisines on offer, they are calling on the people of Penrith to satisfy their cravings while supporting small businesses in need.

The State Government also announced on Tuesday an extension of the Dine and Discover program until August 31, which allows people to use their vouchers for take-away delivered directly to their home by the venue itself.

Co-owners of Mr Watkin’s and Elton Chong, Rod Parbery and Wayne Jenkins said both venues are offering take-away options over the lockdown period.

“We have homestyle meals, cocktail jars, desserts, coffee, bacon and egg rolls, scones, brownies and muffins all made in house at Mr Watkin’s available for take-away,” Mr Parbery said.

“People can phone up to order ahead on 4708 0605 or just walk in to pick up and take-away.”

Elton Chong will be changing things up and selling take-away food and drinks seven days a week from 4pm to 8pm.

“Our whole menu is on for take-away, plus some specials along with cocktail jars, tap craft beer, or you can bring a vessel and we will fill it with craft beer for $10 per litre,” Mr Jenkins said.

Other cafes like Henri Marc, Percy Plunkett, Settlers Mulgoa and the newly opened Blind Chef Café have all switched to take-away options.

Restaurants like Avli, Goji, Cook’s Castle and Hen Haus are offering deals or some specials if you order directly from them.

Cookies Ice Creamery, which has just opened on Henry Street, has also had to adapt and will be serving up some sweet treats take-away style.

“We were only open a week but business was booming and since the stay-at-home order no one has been down, so we have set up a website where people can order and pay and then come pick it up, plus we will have delivery options through Door Dash,” Co-owner Melissa Cook said.

“It has been a bit of a task adapting but we have ordered a lot of stock with school holidays in mind, so we have ice cream, waffles, crepes and pancakes.”

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