Posh restaurant: photo by Kelsey Curtis on Unsplash

Quantifying the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry

To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on restaurants, JLL, in partnership with MERA (Middle East Restaurant Association) and GRIF (Global Restaurant Investment Forum) launched a survey in the beginning of April 2020 to quantify the effects of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry. The outbreak of COVID-19 has had immediate impact on the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry, with strict lockdown measures resulting in restaurant closures and a switch to online delivery platforms. Even with measures easing in some cities across the Middle East, allowing for a 30%…

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Bowling shoes, NYC. Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

What OOH activities are consumers still prepared to do?

by Randy White, CEO of White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group Our company has been accessing and analyzing data from surveys and polls that are being conducted on an ongoing basis, sometimes daily, by over a dozen different companies on Americans’ reaction, beliefs and changing behaviors due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are constantly looking for poll data that gives insight on when and to what extend consumers will be returning to location-based entertainment (LBE) and leisure venues of all types, including restaurants, family entertainment centers (FEC), the movies, bowling…

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UK dining chain files notice of administration, risking 6,000 jobs

The private equity-backed operator of the Las Iguanas and Café Rouge chains is set to undergo a painful restructuring after filing a notice of its intention to appoint administrators, which could threaten more than 6,000 jobs. The Casual Dining Group, which also owns the Bella Italia brand, said that the “prudent measure” would give it time to consider its options and did not necessarily presage administration. Nevertheless, restaurant closures and job losses seem inevitable. One industry analyst with knowledge of the situation said: “A restructuring could involve either a company…

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