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Star of Greece rides the wave
The iconic seaside restaurant that sits on the cliffs above Pt Willunga beach has been shuttered, like all restaurants and cafes, since mid-March, in response to COVID-19 restrictions of public gatherings.
Personally, Govan has been encouraged by the level of support and has also kept the kiosk open beyond its usual season to cater to the many people using Pt Willunga beach for their daily exercise routine who were looking for a coffee or takeaway lunch after their walk.
“Again, it’s a service to the community,” she says. “We are staying open, rain, hail or shine.”
In the past week, there have been indications that June will see further relaxation of the restrictions on restaurants but Govan is realistic about how quickly business could return to any semblance of normality.
“Even in June, it will still only be up to 20 people and the four metre per person distancing requirement will still be there. For many of us, continuing with the takeaway options may be the thing that can make it viable.”
In her other role as chair of local chamber of commerce, Business SA, Govan says she wants businesses to use this opportunity to think differently about what they do.
She encourages all business people to carefully examine the new rules for options that may help keep them viable while the world recovers from the pandemic and to seek advice if they are unclear on how restrictions might apply to their particular situation. For restaurants, that can be understanding that you can use waiting staff to deliver meals, for example, as long as they have all the necessary licencing and a roadworthy vehicle.
“Having ‘skin in the game’ as a restaurant owner myself gives me a really useful lens for my work at Business SA,” she says.
In an example of this, Govan’s plans to rebrand the kiosk – now the ‘Port Willy Kiosk’ were brought forward to ensure the restaurant menu would not be confused with the kiosk’s very different offering.
It’s one of many small but important adaptations businesses around the state are making to stay afloat until this current storm subsides.
Star of Greece
Friday – Saturday (5.30 – 7.30pm)
Port Willy Kiosk
Friday – Sunday (9am – 4pm)