Asian street food chain Hawkers in Ballston eyeing August opening | ARLnow

Hawkers, the Asian street food restaurant chain, is now aiming for a mid-August opening in Ballston.

The eatery was initially supposed to open back in spring 2021 and, then, June of this year, but supply chain issues have delayed it now twice, the company says.

“Because so much of our equipment is incredibly specialized to fit our concept — for instance, our wok stations are all completely customized to our menu, and our electrical panels are customized to handle our neon signage installations — the supply chain constraints delayed our construction timeline,” writes a company spokesperson. “Our manufacturers and suppliers worked as quickly as they could, but they could only build as specific parts and electrical components became available.”

The growing chain first announced it was opening a location at 4201 Wilson Blvd, on the ground floor of the Ballston Exchange office complex, nearly two years ago in July 2020.

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Caribbean ‘not ready’ for climate impact on food safety, say experts

The Caribbean is not prepared to tackle the potential food safety impacts of climate change, according to experts.

Ronald Roopnarine, from the University of West Indies, said in reality the region is not climate present ready, never mind being climate change ready.

Renata Clarke, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), said the bottom line was the Caribbean was not able to ensure food safety in such a dynamic context.

“All of the very common problems still exist, many countries are still seeking to assess and adjust legal and institutional frameworks to set the rules for how governments can ensure the safety of food systems. There are varying degrees of progress and some countries are ahead of others,” she said.

More needs to be done
Roopnarine and Clarke were speaking in one of a series of webinars on climate change organized by the Standards and Trade

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