Restaurants made adjustments to reopen this summer. Now, they need to reinvent themselves.
So far, restaurants with outdoor spaces have been able to cope. With winter looming, the flexibility of their operations is being tested like never before. A myriad of solutions is being proposed to protect restaurants from financial disaster. Some involve technology or “remodels” of outdoor spaces, and others promote a completely new strategy with additional service lines. Many restaurateurs wonder how much they will need to invest to keep going and whether it is even worth it.
Video Spotlight: Serious Challenges for Restaurant Owners
This post is based on The Washington Post article, Outdoor Dining Has Helped Restaurants Avoid Disaster. But Winter Is Coming, by T. Carman, September 28, 2020, and the YouTube video, Winter Is Coming: Restaurant Owners Worry About Business Impact, by The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2020. Image source: hatchapong / 123RF.
1. What can restaurateurs do to make their indoor and outdoor spaces safe during the winter months? What is the downside of these investments?
Guidance: Solutions for outdoor spaces include: outdoor heaters, private dining pods, heated tents (some with sliding walls), and Continue reading