On March 16, we were forced to lay off our employees and close our dining room in order to stop the spread of COVID19.
Since then, we have signed up with food delivery apps Door Dash and Uber Eats and we converted our space to provide only take-out and delivery.
But it has proven not to be enough. Not even close.
We need your help to keep us alive. Banu will not survive this.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses says one third of its members who own small independent businesses say they will not last the month as a result of COVID19.
Unfortunately, our drastic drop in sales did not begin with the mandated closure of restaurants in Ontario or with the WHO announcement of COVID19 as a pandemic. It began when E - ron became one of the epicentres of coronavirus, back in February.
As an E - run - yen restaurant , we immediately began to see a drop in sales and a cancellation of reservations. It was / is extremely worrying for us and for our staff.
There is no date set as to when restaurants can once again open their doors in Toronto and many experts say this could last right into the summer and perhaps fall.
The government is providing wage subsidies but we dont know the details yet and who will and won't qualify. The government also says it will make it easier to acquire a small business loan. But all of this just means more debt and it only benefits the banks.
As a family run independently owned business we cannot afford to take on more debt and so we are reaching out to our community and not the banks.
For 15 years we have been fortunate enough to be a hub for our community. We are now asking for your help.
We know that these are difficult times for many, but for those who are in a position to help, any amount is appreciated.
We look forward to serving you again.
Thank you so much,
Salome, Samira, and Amir Salar Mohyeddin.
- Niki Nazhand
- Ali Kashani
- Aitak Sorahitalab
- Elizabeth Stewart