The Outlook for Small Restaurants in 2021
States like Texas are lifting the lid on the restrictions and are finally going to be allowing restaurants of all kinds to open back up again! But, wait, there are some things that restaurant owners need to do before they can celebrate. The simple fact of the matter is, restrictions are still in place but they have become more nuanced.
Numbers and Statistics
As you might expect from this epic crash, the figures suggest that millions of businesses lost out on hundreds of millions of customers.
In 2020, the stats show that a dip of 100% was caused in the run-up to the second lockdown that many faced. This meant that never-before-seen drops in customers were experienced. The economy literally shutdown.
The crash was three times as bad as the crash in 2007. The numbers simply went to 0. However, deliveries began to gradually become the norm, for which it is hard to tell how many sales restaurants made.
How Restaurants Can Move Forward
Restaurants can put their best foot forward by, as mentioned, delivering their dishes out to customers. This does mean you need the right kind of equipment such as plastic or foam boxes, a foil to keep the food warm and secure containers and bags.
The staff needs to be trained to wash their hands with sanitizer each and every time they touch the bags. Knock on the doors and then stand back while the customer collects their purchase. Always wear a mask and gloves. Restaurants can also sign up to delivery apps if they have not already!
You are not an essential business, but many areas that are under lockdown are still allowing food deliveries to occur. After all, you are in the same category as meal and grocery deliveries.
Many restaurants are allowing outdoor areas only. This means that you can fire up your commercial grill and enjoy this summer albeit with a few changes. Customers can enjoy some barbecue outside, while socially distancing from the next group of customers at another table.
As long as there is a good practice followed by the waiting staff, no local inspector should come over to shut you down.