Timaru restaurant Naruwan closes doors

Naruwan restaurant owners Sunny Wen and Angel Lin, pictured in 2017.

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Naruwan restaurant owners Sunny Wen and Angel Lin, pictured in 2017.

Covid-19 has claimed a Timaru restaurant which showcased Taiwanese food heritage and culture.

Naruwan owners Angel Lin and Sunny Wen confirmed the permanent closure via a notice on the door of the restaurant and on its social media page.

The restaurant had been closed since March 22 prior to New Zealand going into Level 4 lockdown.

Lin and Wen took over the business on the corner of Stafford and George Sts, then known as Cheng’s, in 2015, and reopened a refurbished and renamed operation, Naruwan, in September 2017.

The closure notice said: “This is the saddest and difficult decision we ever made.

“Due to Covid-19 and many reasons, the restaurant is going through difficult times.

“After long consideration and discussion, we are sad to announce we have to close down Naruwan.

“We feel really sad and sorry to all the customers that were looking forward to come back and support us. Maybe in the future we might see you again.

“Thank you for all the love & support in the past years.”

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce chief executive Wendy Smith said life could be difficult and lonely for businesses, especially during lockdown.

“We would encourage any small business that is struggling to connect to the Chamber, both from a Chamber membership perspective where they become part of a really strong network.

“There is also funding support for businesses to enable them to be better connected, have stronger business plans, cash flow forecasting and other pressure points business feels.”

Earlier in the year, a sign saying the restaurant’s chef had been stranded overseas due to Covid-19 was posted on the door.