Restaurants are generally good business. People like to go out and have a good time. They like to eat and catch up with their nearest and dearest in nice, atmospheric premises. But 2020 has been a pretty bad year for the vast majority of businesses. The coronavirus pandemic has had a shockingly negative impact on businesses of all shapes and sizes, specialising in all sorts of areas. But restaurants really have taken the brunt of the hit. These are some of the businesses who were encouraged to shut up shop first. Social distancing and social isolation measures have seen most restaurants closed for almost four months now. Ultimately, with restaurants, you need an in-person presence to generate an income, so unlike other businesses, most restaurants haven’t been able to continue operations online and on a remote basis. It’s not all too surprising that countless restaurants have gone out of business and had to shut down recently. But if your restaurant is still above water, the good news is that restrictions are being lifted and you can slowly get things back to normal. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you to keep your business afloat and get back on track during these difficult times.
Make Money in Whatever Way Possible
Now is a good time to plan ways to make extra money when you do reopen. You’re really going to have to try to make some extra money when you do open back up. With most businesses out of operation for four months, there’s going to be a whole lot of catching up to do. The good news is that there are plenty of extra ways to make money when you do open back up. You could get involved with cooking oil recycling where you sell your used cooking oils. You could offer takeaway options. You could consider special offers and deals to get people through the door. Wherever there’s an opportunity to make extra cash, take it.
Prepare to Reopen
As restrictions are being lifted around the world, more and more restaurants are being able to plan their reopening. But this is going to take a fair amount of planning and preparation. At the end of the day, coronavirus and Cvid-19 haven’t just disappeared. We’re just learning to operate around them instead. We still need to minimise the spread of the virus when we open up shop.
Plan Social Distancing
Invest in social distancing stickers that you can place on the floor in areas where customers might queue. This could include at your entrance, at the bar and near the toilets. Find ways for them to queue without getting in the way of staff.
Invest in Hand Sanitiser
Buy hand sanitiser in bulk. Place dispensers around your premises that customers can use throughout their time in your restaurant.
These, of curse, are just a few suggestions that can keep your business on track during these harsh times. Hopefully, some of the above advice will work for you!