Safari Café at SM City Bacolod
In this time of prolonged quarantine in the country, the business community is getting back on its feet while adjusting to new normal ways of work and lifestyles. Depending on what quarantine status is in effect in an area, some establishments can already restart their operations following strict health and safety guidelines issued by the government.
In Bacolod City, which is under modified general community quarantine, restaurants are already accepting dine-in customers on the condition that only 50% of the seating capacity is allowed. This has restaurants resorting to creative measures, all to remind their patrons to maintain social distancing and practice personal sanitation. Among these are signs to wear masks, directional stickers on the floors, table markers on chairs tables, and more.
It’s no different at At SM City Bacolod, where restaurants and food stalls are a-plenty. The mall works together with their tenants to ensure that customers’ visit is safe yet pleasant. All safety protocols are in place like temperature checks, sanitized foot mats, hand sanitizing stations, floor markers, and visual reminders of all the do’s of safe malling. Safety officers and sanitation teams are visible around the mall, too.
Expanded Dining Area Now Available
SM City Bacolod’s main atrium at the north wing is now a temporary dining area. This helps diners sit and eat comfortably, especially when their favorite restaurant in the mall has reached their “full” capacity. It’s spacious and bright with good airflow and a nice ambiance, too.
One simply can order their food to go and have it at the extended dining area. Restaurants nearby can even deliver food orders to the atrium. The tables are big with limited seating to ensure physical distance between diners.
SM asks to remember only three etiquette tips when dining at the mall: buy and enjoy food from SM’s restaurants and food stalls; stay for a quick bite; and, clean as you go.
Safe Dining, Safari Dining
SM City Bacolod is making good use of the Jungle Safari exhibit that’s at their main atrium. What was meant to be a summer attraction this year is now adding charm to the SM dining ambiance with a Safari Café!
Jungle Safari in the Mall is a fun make-believe mini adventure park that would have been a hit with the kids and kids-at-heart. Mall goers would be transported to an adventure in the African wild, sightseers to life-like animals like the rhino, elephant, lion, giraffe, hyena, crocodile, monkey, and smaller critters like lizards, meerkats, mice and birds. Trees, plants and flora are abundant within the “jungle,” adding to the realness of an adventure in the mall. Alas, kids will not be able to enjoy this for the meantime due to the current health threats and quarantine restrictions.
By adding a few tables and chairs, the Jungle Safari is now a Safari Café! Dining under the trees, by a watering hole, or by the jungle dwellers makes your sit-down meal a fun way to pass some time in the mall.
There are other fun ways that SM City Bacolod has done to remind diners of safe malling and safe dining. Some of the jungle animals and plants have occupied places at the table, not as a centerpiece but as a table-mate. The safari creatures have a novel yet important role in letting customers know of safe distancing, mask wearing and clean surroundings. Of course, the tables, seats and areas are sanitized after diner.
Both the designated dining area and the Safari Café are free to use for dine-in meals. Customers can just bring food orders to a table and enjoy a meal. However, the Safari Café prioritizes some of the mall’s participating tenants. A list at the Safari’s entrance will show which restaurants are part of the café line up.
The expanded dining areas are part of SM Supermalls’ safe malling campaign. Where dine in is allowed, SM malls have brought in different whimsical additions to make these spaces fun yet safe.
The expanded dining area at the Main Atrium has space for your take outs ordered from your favorite mall restaurants.
Safari Café, also in the Main Atrium, add a bit of adventure and fun into quick dining. Orders from participating food tenants are welcome for dine in here.
Participating restaurants and food stalls for Safari Café.
While take-out and delivery is still highly encouraged, many patrons were eager to get their fill of the dine-in experience. Diners appreciate having a table to themselves or maintaining considerable distance from their companions, all in support of safe dining.
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