Keeping the community fed in lockdown

STILL KICKING: Smokey Uppercuts are taking phone orders and providing a pick-up service for the community to keep their business running. Pictuerd is worker Charlize Gilbert. Photo: Facebook.
STILL KICKING: Smokey Uppercuts are taking phone orders and providing a pick-up service for the community to keep their business running. Pictuerd is worker Charlize Gilbert. Photo: Facebook.

With traditional dining no longer an option for local eateries, Whyalla businesses are turning to takeaway and online ordering to stay alive during South Australia's COVID-19 lockdown.

Some are even finding they're busier during lockdown than their normal period, with long-time local food stop Top Shopz Deli being a prime example.

Owner Lise Lawson said the deli had been "flat out" taking takeaway orders after the state was plunged into lockdown, allowing her to keep all her staff working.

"Because half of the takeaway places aren't open and we are that's what's happened," she said.

Ms Lawson said the most difficult part of the ordeal was earlier in the week, when the deli was stuck in limbo as to what services they could offer as Stage 4 COVID restrictions came into effect.

"We don't mind changing and adaption, last time we were in lockdown we weren't allowed to sell anything, this time we are," she said.

"We go from not needing staff to needing all our staff ... we do a lot of orders on Wednesday so I didn't order veggies thinking we wouldn't be able to do takeaway and then all of a sudden we are."

Another business which has continued to offer takeaway during lockdown is Smokey Uppercuts, though blustery conditions meant they were unable to set up at the foreshore on Thursday.

Owner Dylan Laherstorfer said he planned to offer takeaway at the foreshore over the coming days, and said the support from the community had been reassuring.

"We've had countless comments and messages through Facebook in support," he said.

"You can't have people congregate around the truck so we've put a post up to encourage people to give us a phone call and place their order, and we'll get it ready for them to pick up."

Unfortunately the lockdown has disrupted the process of organising their move into the Beach Cafe, with Smokey recently announced as the new operators.

"This has been a pretty big downer for us, we were going to get the keys today so we could get in there with the tradies and get the ball rolling but that's going to be set back by a week," Mr Laherstorfer said.

"Which sucks because we want to get that place up and running as soon as possible."