It has been three weeks since restaurants across the province were again hit with more restrictions.
When Premier Kenney announced tougher measures to ‘stop the spike’ of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases on May 4, the food and beverage industry was again limited to take-out , on delivery and curbside collection.
As restaurants continue to grapple with the challenges brought on by the pandemic, a local restaurant owner continues to give back to the community he calls his family.
Last week, Mehtab East Indian Cuisine owner Jag Thind presented a big check to the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and area, funds he raised as part of a weekend initiative of Mothers Day.
“We were lucky to be busy on Mother’s Day and the whole weekend went really well,” says Thind. “We raised $ 513.00 for the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane.”
Less than two weeks after launching their pop-up patio, Mehtab East Indian Cuisine was forced to shut it down.
Yet that same weekend, Thind set aside $ 1.00 from every dish that was ordered to donate to the local Boys and Girls Club.
Thind says that although this has been a difficult year, he feels lucky that he can continue to run his business and he wanted to give back to the community.
“Cochrane is amazing, it’s like serving our family members,” says Thind. “People are coming and they are so happy that we are still here. Every day it motivates us.”
In February, Jag and the people of Mehtab launched a similar initiative to support Activettes, and in turn, they raised $ 500 to help the food bank.
Restaurants across the province had to shut down altogether in March, and since then have mostly been limited to delivery and take-out orders. Thind says his restaurant has been empty for over a year now.
“We have a capacity of 95 seats and it’s been closed for almost a year now,” says Thind.
Despite strict limitations, Mehtab has given back to the community throughout the pandemic. They have offered free meals to residents in need, and Jag has personally spent Christmas Eve delivering free holiday meals to Cochranites who are spending the holidays alone.