Restaurants to provide chauffeur services?
By Christian Eedes, 12 April 2011
With a more responsible attitude to drink-driving finally starting to take hold in South Africa, restaurateurs report a significant decrease in turnover as diners order less wine in order to stay under the blood alcohol content legal limit (0.05g/100ml of blood).
One way for restaurateurs to encourage their customers to be less abstemious is surely to provide a chauffeur service, and I note that Peddlars restaurant and bar in Constantia, Cape Town in association with Smart Guyz is doing precisely this: they will take you and your vehicle home at the cost of R150 for the first 10km travelled (minimum charge) and R10 per kilometer thereafter, a support driver collecting your chauffeur once you’ve reached your destination.
Even better would be for restaurants to offer the chauffeur service on a complimentary basis. Markups on wine of 200% are not uncommon and somewhere in there must be the means to get their customers home safely.
Note: My preferred alternative to drinking and driving is Good Fellas. Click here for more details.