In the first week of café bars across Croatia being allowed to offer coffee-to-go after Covid-19 measures were eased, cafes reached only five percent of last year's turnover, so some caterers are announcing the closure, Večernji list writes on Sunday.
“As far as I’ve seen, only one in the neighborhood offers coffee-to-go. Only those who have cakes also work, but they offered coffee even before the decision that we could all sell coffee-to-go. This measure has brought some benefit to few people, it only serves to get people who receive 4,000 Kuna from the state to go to work," said the owner of a cafe in the centre of Zagreb.
Some cafes have reached for special prices, so they offer coffee-to-go for only six Kuna. Many had to invest in special packaging, and in addition, coffee on vending machines in various places can still be obtained for as little as three or four Kuna, so it is clear that cafes face stiff competition.
Zagreb caterer and former president of the National Association of Caterers, Marin Medak, said that cafes generated only five percent of the traffic last week than is usual for this period.