- Title: Kiev brownie cafe delivers happiness during coronavirus lockdown
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: KIEV, UKRAINE (MARCH 23, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHEF PREPARING CHOCOLATE FOR BROWNIE VARIOUS OF CHEF PLACING TRAYS WITH BROWNIE ON SHELVES VARIOUS OF "VETERANO BROWNIE" CO-FOUNDER, ROMAN NABOZHNIAK, MIXING INGREDIENTS FOR BROWNIE BLEND ROMAN SEALING PACKAGING WITH BROWNIE BLEND PIECES OF BROWNIE IN FRIDGE VARIOUS OF ROMAN AND HIS WIFE, YULIA KOCHETOVA-NABOZHNIAK, AT LAPTOP PROCESSING ORDERS ROMAN'S HANDS ON KEYBOARD (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) "VETERANO BROWNIE" CO-FOUNDER, YULIA KOCHETOVA-NABOZHNIAK, SAYING: "While trying to keep with the pace of the modern city and the work pace, people talked a little with each other. That is why many people send us pictures of baked brownie, saying that they spent the whole evening with their families, with children and that they have not done such a thing for quite a while. We feel that it is cool if we can give people a moment thanks to such a product. Sales of such blends multiplied." YULIA DEMONSTRATING PACKS WITH BROWNIE BLEND (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) "VETERANO BROWNIE" CO-FOUNDER, YULIA KOCHETOVA-NABOZHNIAK, SAYING: "I am worried about Ukrainian healthcare system because I clearly understand that it will not cope with it and that the pictures we will see the next week will be more frightening than the reality now. And I cannot compare it with any fear for our business, for losses we may sustain. These are two incomparable things." SANITIZER AND GLASSES ON TABLE YULIA AND BARISTA WALKING CARRYING PACKED BROWNIE CAKES VARIOUS OF YULIA AND BARISTA ROPING PACKS TO BICYCLE FRAME SIGN ON DOOR READING (Ukrainian): "SWEETIES, IT IS QUARANTINE. WE WORK IN DELIVERY FORMAT, DELIVERY IS FREE, STAY HEALTHY" BARISTA PULLING BICYCLE OUT OF CAFE BARISTA GETTING ON BICYCLE AND RIDING AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) "VETERANO BROWNIE" CO-FOUNDER, ROMAN NABOZHNIAK, SAYING: "To imagine military patrolling the streets or military vehicles on streets, to image curfew or restricted amount of food is not something extraordinary for me. However, I understand that for many other people such experience is new and they don't know yet how to handle it." ROMAN'S AWARD ON TABLE VARIOUS OF WOMAN PACKING BROWNIE BARISTA EXITING CAFE WITH DELIVERY VARIOUS OF BARISTA WALKING TO DELIVER BROWNIE BARISTA DELIVERING BROWNIE TO CLIENT (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) "VETERANO BROWNIE" CLIENT, KHRYSTYNA BRODYCH, SAYING: (STARTS OVER CLOSE-UP OF PACK WITH BROWNIE) "I will go back home and will have to spray disinfectant all over it, etc. And it is already a classical procedure to us as we are trying to live in the new reality. But it is nice that life did not stop. I also understand that small businesses will face hard times and that they will demand a lot of support by all possible means. I am grateful that they keep working." BARISTA WALKING TO DELIVER BROWNIE
- Keywords: COVID-19 Ukraine Veterano Brownie brownie cafe coronavirus delivery food delivery small business
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6EUP15
- Location: KIEV, UKRAINE
- City: KIEV, UKRAINE
- Country: Ukraine
- Duration: 00:04:35
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: "Veterano Brownie", a cosy bakery in downtown Kiev, has to be creative to keep their small business up and running after quarantine measures forced them to close the doors.
Besides delivering delicious cakes, a couple of co-founders Roman Nabozhniak and Yulia Kochetova-Nabozhniak also sell brownie blends which turned out to be in high demand among those who had to stay at home for weeks during the coronavirus lockdown. Delivery is done by bikes and is free of charge.
Yulia compared their new product to 'gifting people a moment' which clients can share with their families when they bake brownies together.
Right after shutdown, Yulia and Roman repurposed roles for the employees and instead of firing baristas, they kept them busy with delivering cakes. Some of them have to cover dozens of kilometres by bike per day as the number of orders increased.
Co-founder Roman, a war veteran who started a business by baking cakes by himself in his kitchen, said he had got used to harsh conditions with limited food supplies and other restrictions.
(Production: Sergiy Karazy, Margaryta Chornokondratenko)
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