They really know how to cook at my burger lab in Kuala Lumpur,
from this cheddar cheese stuffed and beef bacon, rat burger called the Juicy Lucy,these patties with onions and mustard.
Co-founder Chen Rendi opened the first eatery eight years ago.
Now there are six branches popular with local Malaysians,
but behind all the sizzle concern the business could soon fizzle.
We have a team that is still fighting every other day trying to make sure that the burgers are cooked well,
that the burgers are delivered properly to our customers,
so we still have that ongoing.
Financially its a different story.
Malaysias nationwide restrictions because of the coronavirus require all restaurants to close by 8 p.m.
Once full tables are now empty,because customers are not allowed to eat inside.
There is takeout and delivery,but its not enough to make up for the loss of Eden diners.
We have a minimum requirement of sales that we have to hit per day to hit to get break-even.
We are right now twenty to thirty percent below break-even mark.
This comes after senior managers took pay cuts ranging from 10% to 25%,
and half of Chinas part-time hourly employees mostly university students stopped coming to work because of coronavirus fears.
To keep his eateries open chins back off a staff divide their time between working from home and in the kitchens.
We have our finance people our operational guys even our HR people working on the ground,
either doing capturing, doing griddle one which is flipping burgers assembling burgers.
Finance Manager Cassandra Poon still counts the money.
But instead of only sitting at her desk she also works behind the register.
So as a officer working in an office and working as a start well office will be like mentally stressing you all.
But in the store its physically its stressing you all.
The government stimulus program will pay part of the salaries for some of the full-time staff.
Plus the company took out a low-interest loan.
Despite this Chin says his burger joins my go belly up if there is no change.
So if everything stays to just call right now,
We probably cant survive till late May or early June.
Trying times for so many but this team insists.
Theyll do their best to try to keep this business afloat.
Dave Myrna balm for VOA news Kuala Lumpur Malaysia