People and Places
25/11/2020
A helping hand for hospitality

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Here’s something neat. There’s a new initiative hitting the Mornington Peninsula that aims at helping the hospitality industry when it needs it most, and we thought you’d like to know about it.

The past six months have been tough for our restaurants and cafes. Closed doors. Staff reductions. Overheads. The list goes on. The Card Network, in partnership with The Restaurant and Catering Association, has launched something to ease some of the pain now we are up and running again.  

The Restaurant Gift Card, which is available at Woolworths and Coles supermarkets nationally, can be redeemed at thousands of restaurants across Australia that accept EFTPOS. What does that mean? Simple, really: you buy a card for either $50 or $100 at said supermarkets or online, make a booking at one of your favourite restaurants or cafes across the Mornington Peninsula that are participating in the initiative, and enjoy. 

Peninsula restaurateur Rob De Santis, from D.O.C Group, thinks it’s a great idea. Rob explains: “I was approached to be part of this initiative and fully support it. There’s always a fee attached with other cards and you lose a percentage of the transaction, but The Restaurant Gift Card comes with zero costs for us. Paying nothing is a refreshing change, particularly after being closed for so long.”

According to Mornington Peninsula Shire Council statistics, the accommodation and food services industry is the fourth largest employing industry on the Peninsula. With so many of our hospitality people in need of help, why not invest back into the Peninsula venues we all know and love.

Rob continues: “This kind of card benefits the business directly. We’ve had to ride the wave of lockdown and are keen to get going again. The more people in our restaurants and cafes the better.”  Cheers to that! 

The Card Network co-founder Nick Sims says: “This is a really good way to treat the ones you love while investing back into some of Mornington’s hardest-hit businesses.” So get to it. The cards have a three-year expiry from date of purchase so there’s plenty of time to wine and dine once received. 

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