Doncaster Café and Catering Business Adapts to Thrive During the Pandemic

It has been a difficult year for many businesses, in particular those in the hospitality and catering sector, but with the government’s roadmap in place many businesses are preparing to reopen.

One such business is the Tattooed Goose, a café and catering company based in Stainforth. They have suffered due to the restrictions but have adapted over the year to keep their business going.

Managing Director, Ste Maguire, began the business venture in 2019 and has experienced his fair share of setbacks since then.

He said: “The nearby areas were badly flooded shortly after we opened the café which almost shut us down fully and then in March 2020 our business was affected once again.

“With the closure of pubs and events our catering business couldn’t operate and people weren’t able to come to our café.”

Prior to the pandemic, the Tattooed Goose was so popular that a couple from Amsterdam made a 520 mile round trip for one of their breakfasts.

But with uncertainty surrounding the future Ste knew the business had to adapt and, once able to, they set up a takeaway delivery service and promoted themselves extensively through social media.

Their Facebook page now has over 6,000 likes and is proving extremely popular.

Ste said: “The online side of things has been crazy.

“We started doing Sunday lunch takeaways and are now providing 80 to 90 per week!”

Their staff are working all hours making the food from scratch and delivering it to people’s homes.

On top of the Sunday lunches, the café also offers breakfasts and lunches but Ste says orders don’t necessarily have to come from the menu.

“We can cook anything from Indian and Chinese to Greek and Italian.

“Recently, we called a restaurant in Sicily to get a particular recipe for a couple who loved their food and wanted some delivering to their home.

“We do always say though that there are some fantastic other takeaways nearby and ask residents not to forget them.”

Due to the success of their takeaways, no staff members were furloughed from the business during the pandemic.

Now, with the roadmap laying out a pathway to a new normal, there is cause for optimism for Ste and the business.

He said: “We cater for pubs in the town centre and have just signed a contract with a local pub group.

“We may even be looking to recruit once things are up and running again.”

If you would like to find out more about the Tattooed Goose and order some of their fabulous food, you can find out more on their Facebook page.

The company deliver within a five-mile radius of their café but collections are possible too.

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