Restaurant reopening plan

Restaurant owners can't wait for things to return back to normal for their shop, but what will that new normal look like?

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 10:19 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2020 9:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. - It's been tough sledding for restaurant owners over the past five weeks. 

"It's been pretty devastating. I've had to lay off 13 of my 16 employees who were relying on OM Foods for their income and their livelihood and I have lost about 75% of my normal revenue," said OM Foods Owner and Chef Amanda Bosschart.

She's one of many owners treading in uncertain times.

Bosschart says, "It's really hard to know how far ahead to expect things to get back to normal. I'm definitely longing for a normal day at OM."

But what will that new normal look like once the pandemic subsides? Bosschart, along with most other owners, is trying to figure it out.

"I don't know if I'll have fewer tables for people. I think we have to wait and see what we're being told by the authorities, by the governor."

As for possible item changes when the time comes, Bosschart says, "I have my menu posted outside, we have menus online. I think more people use their phones more than ever these days. That's why I'm pushing the online ordering."

She also suggested using to-go boxes and disposable utensils as options for every in-house order.

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