Seafood eatery struggles to stay afloat

April 03, 2020
Jennifer Harvey sits in the empty Rocky Point White Sand Beach Seafood Restaurant in Clarendon on Thursday.
Jennifer Harvey sits in the empty Rocky Point White Sand Beach Seafood Restaurant in Clarendon on Thursday.

It is 1 p.m. and there is hardly any life at the usually busy Rocky Point White Sand Beach Seafood Restaurant in Clarendon on Thursday.

The main gate to the establishment was shut, and it was only after the waitress, Jennifer Harvey, saw the news team that they opened. Inside, a refrigerator stocked with seafood, empty tables and chairs tell the story of pinch that the proprietor Randy Scott has been experiencing over the past few weeks as COVID-19 swirls across the island. So low are the sales, that Scott had contemplated closing the establishment this week.

"People not comfortable nowadays buying food for anyone and I understand that. It is a struggle right now, even to keep it open. I had to cut staff because I can't pay them. We don't even have a bartender because the bar have to be closed now. Normally, we have four or five waitress and three chefs but is just one each now. Even the security guard is home now," he said.

Harvey, though an employee, understands all too well how bad things are.

Drop in Sales

"From the 7th a March we buy a portion of fish and we still have fish now. The sales drop from when the first case announced. Since the day start you are the first customer and we probably don't see no more customers," she said.

"Normally, you come here, you wouldn't get through so quick, you would probably be cussing and say how the food take so long because we have a lot of orders. Normally, dem time here like how it a touchdown to the Easter, in here would be full with customers but that is far from the case now," she added.

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