December 17, 2010
Restaurant owner says Election process boosted his business

As the long queues built up at various polling stations across the St Vincent on Monday, December 13, the Beach Front Restaurant and Bar in Chateaubelair had similar queues.{{more}}

Restaurant owner Esron Thompson, in an interview with Searchlight, described this year’s Elections as “One of the most hyped” he has ever experienced.

As vehicle after vehicle pulled up in Thompson’s small parking lot, the orders kept rolling in. Rotis, Chicken and Fish lunches flew out of the kitchen as quickly as persons marked their “X” at the polling stations.

“This has really been a sight to behold, not just today, but throughout the lead up to the general elections,” Thompson said.

Thompson disclosed that since Beach Front Restaurant opened its doors to the public in 1995, business has been great. He, however, said that like any other business, he has received his fair share of ups and downs.

On Election Day, Thompson’s business provided a catering service for policemen and polling agents for the Unity Labour Party (ULP).

“Today is just one of those days, but just a bit busier,” he said.

To ensure the safety of his workers in the event that there was chaos after the Election results were announced, Thompson said he was operating on a shift system, so that his workers could get home early.

Comparing this Election to those in the past, Thompson described it as “very serious” and noted that he was glad to see a lot of young people coming out to vote.

The Beach Front Restaurant and Bar currently has a staff of nine.(KW)