How Coronavirus Could Affect Restaurants and The Culture Of Eating Out

In a word, the culture of eating out might never come back. That is just a reality of the situation. At the same time, you need to know why. You also need to learn what you can do to help restaurants that are going to struggle because of the pandemic. These restaurants need your help, but they cannot survive if you do not understand why they might have such a hard time coping.

#1 Eating Out Is Dangerous

You may never have actually thought about it like that, but you have to remember that going out in public is no safe right now. Some countries are totally locked down, you can’t go into stores if you are not wearing a mask, and you are constantly disinfecting everything you touch. Does this seem like an atmosphere that makes eating out even remotely tenable? No, it does not, and you should think about that before you run to go out to dinner when this is all over.

#2 Restaurants Still Offer Takeout

You can buy face masks that allow you to leave the house, and you should consider ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant. You might have assumed, like a lot of people, that these restaurants are not open. They might be serving takeout right now. When they all open, you might be afraid to go inside. Solve that problem by ordering takeout. You get the food you want, but you do not need to go out in public to get it. Problem solved.

#3 There Is So Much Uncertainty In The Fulfillment Industry

The companies that deliver ingredients to customers cannot move as fast as they once did. That alone is going to make it so much harder for these restaurants to get what they need. This also means that you have a very big problem when you want to order that crab that was flown in from Maine. That crab is not going to be there that night, and these restaurants might need to pay so much for delivery that they drop items from the menu.

#4 Some Restaurants Will Be Bankrupt When The Crisis Ends

Some restaurants will be bankrupt when the crisis ends. That is just a fact of life. Some places will not come back, and the people in those communities will be really discouraged. This alone could drive down the desire to go out because people do not want to go somewhere else. They feel like they are cheating on their favorite restaurant, and you cannot blame them at all.

#5 How Bad Is The Situation?

The restaurant and food service industry will take a major hit when they come back. You cannot deny that, and you can try to help these businesses as much as possible. A lot of people can pitch in to help restaurants, go back out, and buy takeout. However, a lot more people will simply stay home because they are afraid to go out. Remember that when the crisis is over and you want to eat out.

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Meredith Weisser

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