Reopening Tips for Restaurants
Datassential recently released a report to help you navigate reopening amid coronavirus concerns. Here are their findings.
of operators feeling very nervous that their operation will not be able to come back to business
of operators are worried, but fairly confident their operation can get through this in one piece
of operators feeling cautiously optimistic and expecting to emerge stronger than ever
Still on the Rollercoaster
Optimism for withstanding the pandemic a while longer began rising in December compared with a month earlier. The fact that COVID-19 vaccines from two different pharmaceutical brands began rolling out in the United States likely buoyed the situation. However, many operators are still worried due to spikes in COVID cases and hospitalizations, as well as more cities and states reinstating dining restrictions.
QSR No Longer Immune
Quick-service operators were an exception to the industry; they were increasingly nervous in December. Unit closures are rising within QSR, indicating that although the pandemic may have been slower to impact the segment, quick-service outlets are still getting hit.
Winter a Quagmire for Seating
As temperatures drop and COVID cases rise, seating availability is decreasing. As a result, fewer operators offer seating today than in November. On-site operators are much less likely to have takeout/delivery options and are more likely to be temporarily closed than are restaurants.