| Aziz Idris |
RESTAURATEURS and cafes in the capital experienced brisk business yesterday as nearly 50,000 people comprising field performers, marching parade participants as well as the public, thronged Bandar Seri Begawan to witness the high spirits of patriotism displayed during the nation’s 31st National Day celebration.
Many of the businesses opened as early as 5am to cater for the significantly high number of customers, which is usually experienced this time of the year.
The Coffee Bean opened at 5.30am yesterday to cater to their customers coming in to have their breakfast and coffee.
The Bulletin observed a long queue that had well reached the entrance door outside the cafe.
“Only limited seats were available throughout the morning as customers came pouring in. At one point, there were no seats available and customers had no choice but to take away their drinks.
“This is a common scene every year, but our customers seem to like the idea of enjoying a cup from outside to witness the celebrations first hand,” said General Manager of The Coffee Bean, Khairul Nidzam Abu Bakar.
Syazwan Cafe and Catering was also full throughout the whole morning with customers ordering the house specialty, murtabak.
Similar scene was witnessed at Al-Hilal Restaurant, an established Indian restaurant in the capital along Jalan Sultan.
Customers came in large numbers and as the management expected the large crowd, they decided to open earlier than their usual operating hours.
Mohd Magno from Al-Hilal Restaurant said that this scene is a norm when big occasions such as the National Day celebration are hosted in the capital.
“The only busiest day for us is Sunday, but it still doesn’t come near to the amount of customers we receive on national celebrations hosted in the capital,” he said.