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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Sushi chef with surgical gloves. Image by Image by Free-Photos at Pixabay

How restaurants can thrive in the ‘next normal’ – research

We lay out potential timelines for the US restaurant industry’s recovery—and actions that restaurants should take to cater to consumers’ new dining needs and preferences. After weeks of quarantine and physical distancing, what does the future hold for US restaurants—and for the more than eight million restaurant workers across the country who have been laid off or furloughed since March? How quickly will US consumers feel comfortable eating out again? COVID-19 has not only been a devastating public-health crisis; it has also been the restaurant industry’s greatest challenge to date.…

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The Alchemist bar and restaurant (Bevis Marks, London)

Post-pandemic measures to send restaurants into “tailspin”

The warnings come after a survey issued by 260 restaurants and bar operators was published by restaurant guide Square Meal. Three quarters of restaurants in the UK have warned that their businesses may not survive with social distancing measures in place. Operators including café chain Paul as well as JKS have suggested that new measures designed to enforce social distancing could pose an “existential threat” to their businesses, according to the Financial Times. Other operators said they would have to make staff redundant unless the government’s furlough scheme was extended.…

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