A Japanese restaurant in Richmond offers a car shuttle service


Continental Plaza’s Japanese tapas restaurant Yuu initially launched the drive-through service in May, but had to postpone it due to strata issues

A Richmond restaurant will continue its retro, old-school vibe by offering a “jump-car” service to patrons who are not yet comfortable eating.

Japanese tapas restaurant Yuu in Continental Plaza, near Cambie and Sexsmith roads, started drive-through service in May when the BC health worker extended the ban on indoor dining for restaurants .

However, despite the approval of the city and health authorities, it had to interrupt the service after only about a week, after the stratum council that runs the mall faced public safety accountability issues.

But last week, the restaurant’s car-hop was back on line after satisfying strata concerns about insurance.

Much like the White Spot service of yore, customers can park at the three stands 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 reviews for their car-hop option have been amazing, to the point that they are starting to get overwhelming.

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

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


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