COVID lockdown: Northern beaches businesses are keeping the doors open

STILL OPEN: Bucketty's Brewing Co, Manly Bikes and Frenchies Brasserie are among the businesses that have pivoted what they do to keep the doors open.
STILL OPEN: Bucketty's Brewing Co, Manly Bikes and Frenchies Brasserie are among the businesses that have pivoted what they do to keep the doors open.

THERE'S no doubt it's been tough for northern beaches businesses who are now amid their third forced COVID lockdown.

While some have shut their doors for the lockdown others have pivoted, yet again, to keep the doors open, keep staff and to help look after their customers.

We've spoken to Manly Bikes, Frenchies Brasserie and Bucketty's Brewing Co about how they've changed what they do to help serve customers during the lockdown.

Manly Bikes, Manly

Manly Bikes owner Francisco Furman

Manly Bikes owner Francisco Furman

WHEN the pandemic hit, Manly Bikes was entirely dependant on tourists - international and domestic - but it's among the local businesses to change everything just to keep the doors open.

"Up until COVID we did bike hire and self-guided tours," owner Francisco Furman said. "We've had to learn a whole new industry and now we also do servicing and repairs.

"We would have closed straight away because from one day to another we literally stopped having tourists."

Last December they also added new bike sales to their list of offerings and so far the gamble is paying off, the doors are still open and they're attracting new customers.

"We survived 2020 and we're surviving so far in 2021," Mr Furman said.

While the changes may have saved Manly Bikes, building a new business amid the lockdowns is still a challenge.

"We've been here [in Manly] for so long that a lot of people think we only do bike hire, but it's more than that now," he said.

Dine & Discover vouchers can be used at Manly Bikes and with exercise still possible during the lockdown, Mr Furman urged people to come and hire a bike. He said while it might be "free money" to those with a voucher, to businesses like his it helps them keep trading. "For us it's real money, please use them."

  • Manly Bikes is at shop 7/54 West Esplanade, Manly

Frenchies Brasserie, Elanora Heights

Frenchies Brasserie owner David Singer. Picture: Geoff Jones

Frenchies Brasserie owner David Singer. Picture: Geoff Jones

IT may be lockdown number three, but Frenchies Brasserie is serving up the best in French cuisine to eat at home.

Their 'heat at home' range is restaurant quality, made to order and can be prepared for two or four people, it can also come served up with your favourite cocktail of bottle of French wine. This week's three-course 'heat at home' menu is a veal and truffle sausage roll for entree, followed by a herb crusted pork tenderloin, ratatouille and sauce for main course, and for dessert an apple and rhubarb crumble.

"It's exactly what we do in the restaurant," owner David Singer said.

"The meals we're serving are almost completely made, you just need to heat at home or maybe do a little bit of pan work."

Also on the menu is a slow-cooked lamb shoulder, duck confit, Frenchies Paris mash, duck liver parfait and black truffles. Frenchies will have a new three-course 'heat at home' menu for every week of the lockdown.

Visit Frenchies Brasserie online and click on 'Frenchies Home Dining' to order. For restaurant quality wine to drink at home visit Frenchies at Brasserie Wines and enter the code 'Lockdown25' to receive $25 off the total purchase on a range of wines when you spend at least $200.

  • Frenchies Brasserie is at shop 3/54 Kalang Road, Elanora Heights

Bucketty's Brewing Co, Brookvale

Bucketty's Brewing Co owner Nick McDonald. Picture: Geoff Jones

Bucketty's Brewing Co owner Nick McDonald. Picture: Geoff Jones

IF you're missing sitting down with your mates at your local for a drink, Bucketty's Brewing Co might just have the next best thing.

They've shifted out all the chairs and tables from their Brookvale brewery and have created a drive through option where you can pick up your favourite Bucketty's beer and tasty food to have at home.

On offer to keep you satisfied are tasty tacos, rolls, loaded fries and rice bowls, and if you brought your children along there's chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers.

The drive through is open from 12pm-7pm every day during lockdown.

"It's been really good, especially Friday and Saturdays and we've had cars queued down to the roundabout sometimes," owner Nick McDonald said. "People are also loving the growler, they're 1.9 litres with beer poured straight from the tap."

Bucketty's is one of Brookvale's newest breweries and Mr McDonald said they've been lucky that the layout of the building has allowed them to offer drive through during the lockdown. "People are loving the drive in and not having to get out of their car," he said.

  • Bucketty's Brewing Co is at 26 Orchard Road, Brookvale

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