Meegan Wallace helped make more than 400 pizzas to feed hungry locals during Tuesday’s blackout.
Meegan Wallace helped make more than 400 pizzas to feed hungry locals during Tuesday’s blackout. Shannon Newley

Takeaway stores feed hungry hordes

WHEN the lights went out on cooking dinner on Tuesday night, Warwick’s takeaway outlets picked up the slack.

Cars streamed out of backed-up drive-throughs and delivery vehicles barely left the road.

KFC assistant manager Andrew Self said he had never seen anything like it.

“It was busier than a Friday night, which is our busiest of the week,” he said.

“We didn’t have the staff and we didn’t have the product so it was quite hectic.

“But the customers were really good about it.”

Mr Self said there were some funny moments among the stress of trying to churn out fried chicken to a backlog of drive-through customers.

“When we had someone in the drive-through and we didn’t have the product ready, we got them to park in the car park,” he said.

“We were running an order out and the docket said blue van so we took it over to a blue van, but they were waiting for a pizza from next door.

“I didn’t think it was possible to fill up our new drive-through but there were cars all the way out to the road.”

Domino’s Pizza store manager Jeremy Wimlaw said the blackout took their already busy Tuesday nights to a whole new level.

“We did 480 pizzas for 220 customers. We would usually do 350 pizzas. We took a lot of deliveries to west Warwick,” he said. “We are always busy on a Tuesday – the storm came in on the wrong night.

“We were quoting 25 minutes for pick up which is a bit slower than normal, but we could only get in one extra staff member, so that wasn’t too bad.”



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