Drive-in diners watch a movie at a parking lot in the Meikarta integrated residential complex in Cikarang, West Java, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Meikarta Introduces Drive-In Dining
BY :YUDHA BASKORO / JAYANTY NADA SHOFA
JUNE 03, 2020
Bekasi. Dining out from inside your cars may eventually become the "new normal" during the coronavirus pandemic.
To help its food and beverage tenants, Meikarta – Lippo Group's integrated township project in Cikarang, West Java – introduced its new drive-in dining experience on Tuesday.
Meikarta has transformed its District 1 parking lot into a space for drive-in diners who can now enjoy their meal without stepping out of their vehicles.
The new service was introduced after the Bekasi district government began to relax its large-scale social restriction last week.
The Trade Ministry has also issued a circular to help pandemic-hit industries around the country get back on their feet.
The circular includes an order to implement Covid-19 health protocols in places of business.
Diners in Meikarta can order their meals when they come in at a booth located near the parking lot entrance.
They will then be directed to the parking space where a large projection screen has been installed.
Once parked, diners can still make more orders by turning on their car headlights or texting the WhatsApp number shown on the screen.
A waiter will immediately come around to take the extra orders and deliver them when they're ready.
They can also order groceries from the supermarket by texting the same WhatsApp number. The groceries will also be delivered straight to their vehicles.
The large screen facing the parked cars plays news clips and educational videos explaining the new normal and Covid-19 health protocols regularly.
In the evening, cinemagoers can watch blockbuster movies while enjoying hot dinner inside their cars.
Meikarta's new drive-in dining experience combines the concept of "layar tancap" (mobile cinema) and old school drive-in cinema into a distinctively communal experience.
People can interact with others, dine out, have a little picnic with their families while still following the government's Covid-19 health protocol.
Although hundreds of parking spaces are available at the site, the management only allows 25 cars to park at any one time.
Once the show ends, the cars will be asked to leave immediately so staff can disinfect the area.
The next round of cars can only enter the parking lot after the whole area has been cleaned and disinfected.
Red crosses made from sticky tapes mark spots where cars are not allowed to park to maintain a safe distance between them.
The dine-in service at the parking lot is available from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Entrance is free.