The cost of reopening a restaurant in a pandemic

The cost of reopening a restaurant in a pandemic

If you’ve been back to a restaurant since lockdown has eased you’ll have noticed a raft of new measures in place. From the proliferation of face masks to maintaining supplies of hand sanitizer, the challenges of replenishing this now-essential equipment is placing added financial pressure on restaurants. This article details the experiences of restaurants in the US city of Detroit and highlights that just as some chefs pivoted to serving their local communities during lockdown, they are now trying to move back to more regular service and it’s not without its challenges. From re-stocking food supplies to updating seating areas, one restaurant estimates that their operating costs have increased 35%, a huge amount for an industry with slim margins. Thankfully, the health and wellbeing of employees is being seen by many as more important than ever but whilst lockdown was difficult for restaurants, re-opening isn’t easy either.

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