The owner of China Red restaurant, and Taiwanese bubble milk tea store ALS Gongcha Sheffield, is encouraging local businesses and South Yorkshire residents to begin re-visiting their old favourite restaurants.
Kelvin said: “During the last few years I have noticed a significant decrease in footfall throughout The Moor, particularly on evenings. We have been in our current location on Rockingham Gate since 2006 and this is one of the quietest periods we have ever seen in the city centre for food retailers.
“This is why we are working on an exciting new project to remind people of all the fantastic Asian businesses in the community and how much variety there is in the city! We can’t wait to get started and make some great connections with other vendors and create something really special.”
Supporting local businesses and charities is something Kelvin is very passionate about. The produce used at China Red is all bought from suppliers in the community, whether that is the local butchers, farmers or fishmongers. Over the last few years and throughout the pandemic the restaurant has given out free food to those most in need, to give back to the community durng a difficult time and has donated to local charities.
Kelvin believes this Christmas will be ‘make or break’ for many independents after two years of closures, cancellations and curfews.
With offices already planning their Christmas parties, he believes it is more important than ever to consider smaller, independent restaurants rather than big chains. China Red is a fantastic location for entertaining, whether it. be a corporate hospitality or a social event. Above the restaurant is another of Sheffield’s best-kept secrets – a karaoke suite, fantastic for adding something different to your night out!
Kelvin added: “It’s all a chain. When people spend their money with independent retailers like myself, I can then stock my restaurant with products from other local businesses.”
The dishes served at China Red are all authentic Chinese meals, prepared with a great deal of care by staff. When the unLTD team visited, we were amazed by the quality of the food served and the amazing recommendations from Kelvin. With a wealth of restaurant experience, he loves to help his customers find the perfect dish and invites them to experiment with new dishes outside of their comfort zone.
China Red is open seven days a week from 12 noon until 9.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and until 10pm Friday and Saturday. Both walk-ins and bookings are welcome throughout the week.