The fear of coronavirus has caused empty Chinese restaurants to sell out

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A masked customer buys vegetables from a stall set up by a hotpot restaurant outside a store in central Beijing, after the new coronavirus outbreak in China, February 13, 2020. REUTERS / Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) – Wang Chuanchao closed his restaurant in central Beijing three weeks ago because fear of the coronavirus epidemic in the country kept customers away and now he has reduced sales of vegetables on the side streets. outside to cut holes.

Predicting the packing tables at his 125-seat restaurant on Chinese New Year, Wang said he bought ingredients worth 300,000 yuan (nearly $ 43,000), from celery to tripe. Now, he has to find a way to pay his rent, and his employees, so he can reopen to business once his client finds the courage to come back.

We have to help ourselves because we can count on anything else, Wang, Wang, 32, standing in front of a stall full of vegetables will be exterminated when they sell quickly.

We have to try our best to cut losses.

Most other restaurants were forced to do the same, as demand fell sharply after an outbreak in the central city of Wuhan in December, with local governments nationwide restricting travel. and closing public areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We bought food stocks worth 500,000 yuan before the new year, but now fresh vegetables have begun to rot, Mr. Liu, a young man working at The Cheng Cheng …

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