A Japanese restaurant in Richmond offers a car-hop service

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Continental Plaza’s Yuu Japanese Tapas Restaurant originally launched drive-in service in May, but had to postpone it due to strata issues

A Richmond restaurant will continue its retro, old-fashioned vibe by offering a jump-in-drive service to customers who aren’t yet comfortable eating in.

Yuu Japanese Tapas Restaurant at Continental Plaza near Cambie and Sexsmith Roads launched drive-in service in May when the British Columbia health worker extended an indoor dining ban for restaurants.

However, despite approval from the city and health authorities, it had to discontinue service after only about a week, after the strata council that runs the mall had public safety liability issues.

But last week the restaurant’s car-hop was back online after satisfying strata concerns over the likes of insurance.

Much like the White Spot service of yore, customers can park at the three stalls in front of the restaurant and eat inside their vehicle with unique “tables” designed to accommodate different types of cars.

Julia Kubotani, owner of Yuu Japanese Tapas, said the feedback on their “car-hop” option has been amazing, to the point where it’s starting to get overwhelming.

“A lot of people liked the concept of a car hop because they want to eat out but are still a little scared during this time,” Kubotani said, adding that the younger generation is always looking for new experiences. .

“A person’s vehicle is like their own personal bubble, except it’s bigger and just plain safer.”

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