How restaurants are evolving to deal with the pandemic in 2020
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have hit many businesses hard. Apart from the entertainment industry, there are very few businesses that have been hit harder than restaurants in the past few months. Many people don’t want to risk eating outside of their own home, and those that do are forced to follow restrictions when they do go out. So how are restaurants coping? Here are three ways these businesses are trying to still turn a profit in 2020.
One of the biggest problems facing restaurant owners in 2020 is the need to space customers out around the restaurant. As early as the start of the year, if you visited a popular restaurant you could have found yourself within touching distance of other tables. Now, most restaurants have been forced to remove tables to make sure customers are socially distanced around the restaurant. With very few tables available, many owners are really struggling to make enough money to cover their overheads every month.
If you’re a restaurant owner, it can be surprisingly easy to turn any outdoor space, like a car park or a delivery bay, into a picturesque zone where you can serve customers outdoors. For example, it is very easy to install artificial grass practically anywhere and it requires very little maintenance. Companies like California-based SYNLawn specialize in commercial artificial turf for a whole range of different purposes. All you then need to do is buy some garden furniture, which is available very cheaply from most DIY retailers, and you’ve created an outdoor garden.
It’s not just the size of the restaurants that have caused problems. The size of the kitchens has also caused concern among a number of business owners. We’ve all seen what restaurant kitchens can look like on shows like Hell’s Kitchen. Members of staff normally run around, shouting at their colleagues and reaching over each other to make sure every dish is perfect. If kitchens ran like that in 2020, they’d run a high risk of transmitting the virus and would probably be shut down by the health inspector. Instead, restaurants have had to reduce the number of staff working in their kitchens to make sure each chef can cook safely away from their colleagues. This means many restaurants have had to resort to shrinking their menu as they don’t have enough people to be able to prepare everything on their normal menu. Even fast-food restaurants like McDonalds have been forced to drop things like salads and desserts off their menu.
Deliver to your door
As many restaurants simply can’t fit enough people in their buildings to pay the bills, many have been forced to start offering takeaway and delivery. Apps like Uber Eats make it very easy for any business to sell their food online and have a delivery driver come and pick it up from their kitchen and take it to the customer. The only problem is companies like these take a huge chunk of any potential profits. It’s likely that once restrictions start to ease, many restaurants will stop offering this service which has worked as a lifeline for many during these hard times.