A Chinese takeaway restaurant in Brisbane’s south-west is offering up to $5 beer in front of diners for the first time, as a way to attract tourists.
The business, known as Chongyi Diner, says it has been around since 2013 and has more than doubled in size since then.
Customers can enjoy a free glass of beer at the restaurant from 1pm to 3pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Customer Ryan McManus, who owns the restaurant with his wife and young son, said customers would be asked to show their ID to pay for their drink.
“We’ve had a few inquiries recently and we’re definitely hoping that’s the first of many,” he said.
“If we get any more inquiries, we’ll make sure that we put it on the menu.”
Customers must have their ID at the front desk.
Customary liquor laws in China don’t allow beer sales on the street, so Chongyi has been offering up free beer for the public to drink while waiting in line.
Customs officials have said the move was in response to concerns over alcohol and public health.
“It’s a big change from the normal thing to allow the public the opportunity to get beer and wine, especially after we saw the deaths of people,” Mr McManu said.
Customy restaurants in Queensland are also taking part in the free beer promotion.
“The restaurant has a large Chinese population,” Mr McGinn said.
“We don’t sell alcohol in Brisbane and the Chinese people don’t have the same access to liquor as people in Australia.”
So we decided to go ahead and do it in our city.
“Our Chinese community in Brisbane, we all live here and we all enjoy the local culture, so we decided it was a great opportunity to have people get together and share their beer and enjoy it.”
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