Almost 140 people are now without jobs as Trotters restaurant, San Fernando has closed indefinitely.
In a media release, Trent Restaurants, also the parent company of Buzo Osteria Italiana, Amara and Tommy’s restaurants, said the covid19 restrictions on restaurants and bars have forced the closure from November 1.
It said that because "the present rate of 30-40 new covid19 cases a day did not warrant the reopening of in-store dining and now added to this the reopening of the other sectors of the economy, such as beaches and places of worship, both of which would have the propensity for daily case rates to increase," it was "only reasonable for us to surmise that our industry will not be reopening for the foreseeable future," unless there was a change of approach in learning to live with covid19.
In light of these circumstances Trent Restaurants said it was left with no choice and had to scale back operations at its other restaurants because they were not economically viable.
It said it was doing all it could to assist the displaced employees.
The restaurants which are fully closed are Blue Star Diner and Trotters in San Fernand. Curbside service is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only at Buzo Restaurant and curbside daily service will be offered at Trotters in Port of Spain, Amara and Tommy’s.