One thing we all miss during this lockdown is that one place we love to visit on the regular. Take a moment to think about your favourite restaurant or bar – your spot. Is it just a place you go to or is it more than that? For many South Africans, our local spot is our home away from home. Where we get to eat, drink and be merry, surrounded by the people we love. It’s where our community comes together, where memories are made and life can be truly savoured and celebrated.
The bad news: Your favourite local spot (and all those who work there) is under threat. With most restaurants and bars having already been brought to their knees by social distancing regulations that began even before the national lockdown, the ongoing livelihood of hundreds of thousands who rely on these businesses to survive hangs in the balance.
Stella Artois, one of SA’s best loved premium beers in the SAB, has launched an online platform on which you can buy a voucher to your favourite restaurant or bar. Not only will this money go to your spot, but Stella Artois will add an additional 50% of the value of each voucher.
It’s a win-win – for you AND your spot! Not only can you redeem your voucher at your favourite local spot after the lockdown and enjoy 150% of the value you paid for it, but the spot itself will benefit from some much-needed financial relief to pay wages and rent when they need it most – right now.
Vijay Govindsamy, Commercial Director High End Company at SAB, reminds us what’s at stake: “Most restaurants and bars have about 16 days worth of cashflow reserves to keep their business afloat. That’s a global average. For many South African outlets, that figure will be significantly less. If we hope to see our favourite spots survive this lockdown, we need to rally together and do what we can to support them now – when they need our help the most.”
“This initiative is born out of a genuine love for our restaurants and bars. It’s a love we share with most South Africans who are famously sociable and gregarious the world over. By buying a voucher to #SaveYoutSpot, you’re investing in the good times that still lie ahead – you’re investing in hope,” Vijay continues.
So, how much is Stella Artois investing? R1.5 million. Which (together with the amounts patrons pay toward their vouchers) effectively translates to a much-needed R4.5 million cash injection into the food and beverage industry.
After the 50% incentive bonus runs dry, Stella Artois has committed to still oversee and run the online platform, in the hopes that a movement toward rallying for our restaurants and bars will continue. They will thus continue to facilitate the purchasing of vouchers and their value being transferred directly to the outlets they relate to.
Can’t find your favourite local spot? Nominate it via the online platform and Stella Artois will get hold of them directly to get them listed ASAP.
A movement that at once celebrates the good times ahead, while helping our most beloved places survive the bad times, is a movement we can most certainly all get behind. Cheers to that!
For more information about this wonderful initiative, visit rallyforyourbarandrestaurant.com.