Jon Taffer, an industry expert in the bar and tavern business and host of Bar Rescue is giving a lot of thought to how bars, restaurants and brewery tap rooms will be impacted as the country begins the re-opening process after the worst of the COVID-19 crisis passes.
“I’ve been really focused on how do we reopen after the pandemic,” he told Bar Business Magazine. “Rather than sitting home panicking about the pandemic, I think we need to be thinking about our businesses, how we move forward, and putting together a plan.”
Social distancing will still be a factor for many months to come. And many cities, counties and even states may impose mandatory restrictions on capacity, trying to limit exposure. This will likely be in the form of fewer tables, seats and bar stools. “I’ve been looking at floor plans and layouts, and no matter how I slice it, as an industry we lose between 40-60% of our interior capacity,” says Taffer. “At the end of the day, our business is most rated and success is most determined by revenue per square foot. That’s how we live and survive. Our revenue per square foot is going to be reduced significantly going forward and that horrifies me.”
Taffer offers many predictions and suggestions relative to the brewery on-premise dining and drinking experience in the full article here.