Global  

Trusted News Discovery Since 2008
One News Page
One News Page > Business News > With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

SeattlePI.com Friday, 14 February 2020 ()
BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine's Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to their door.

The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of the chef who made it.

Moka Bros, a health food eatery in Beijing, offered this special on Friday, Valentine's Day, after a new coronavirus struck central China in December. Like many businesses, the restaurant has struggled to cope with the impact of a disease that has infected more than 64,000 people worldwide and sent several Chinese cities into lockdown. Fearful of infection, people are overwhelmingly choosing to stay at home and cook for themselves.

“It's devastating,” said Alex Molina, founder and creative director of Mosto Group, which owns Moka Bros and three other restaurant and bar concepts in China.

Of the nine Moka Bros locations, only three have remained open through the outbreak. Molina is fairly certain some of the stores will be forced to close permanently, which would mean at least $1.5 million in losses.

“It's just a matter of time. How long can we stay alive?” said Molina, a Colombian who started his first business in China in 2006. “We've been working on this project for 13 years, and then you see it crumble in front of your face, and there's nothing you can do."

The disease, named COVID-19, is believed to have originated in the city of Wuhan, Hubei's capital. It has since spread to more than 20 countries, though the bulk of the cases remain in Hubei. The government has imposed sweeping measures to contain the epidemic, cutting off outbound transportation from the hardest-hit cities and prolonging the Lunar New Year holiday.

The impact on the food, beverage and entertainment industries has been crippling. Authorities in Hubei have...
0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 

You Might Like


Recent related videos from verified sources

Prices of Chinese goods in Pakistan soar [Video]Prices of Chinese goods in Pakistan soar

Many businesses are running out of Chinese products causing a sharp increase in prices In Pakistan.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:01Published

South Korea: Emergency measures after rise in coronavirus cases [Video]South Korea: Emergency measures after rise in coronavirus cases

Millions of people urged to stay indoors as South Korea becomes the country with the highest number of coronavirus infections outside China.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:58Published


Recent related news from verified sources

With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentines

BEIJING (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose and a note, all delivered to...
Seattle Times


Tweets about this

Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2020 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.