It’s not new news that the hospitality industry, restaurants in particular, have been struggling during this pandemic. The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme was introduced to ease people back to the restaurants to get them spending and enjoying the dine out experience that they sorely missed. The scheme proved to be a huge success in relaxing diners whilst they visited their favourite restaurant, however this time the dining experience was a little different.
Restaurants had to adapt in order to adhere to the government’s safety guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sanitising and cleaning surfaces, making sure staff where wearing the correct PPE, changing processes to limit staff and customer interaction, these are just a few to name. It is a massive change but for businesses to survive, they need to adapt.
One of the biggest changes to have impacted restaurants is social distancing, this has caused many restaurants to lose covers as they have had to rearrange their seating plans, which now means they must work twice as hard to make up for their loss. The weather has been kind this summer and for those restaurants lucky enough to be able to provide an alfresco option are able to make up for the loss of covers from indoors, however this will be short lived as the weather is set to change as we ease out of summer.
So, what can restaurants do to adapt and improve their services to enable them to get through autumn and winter? If your establishment has an outdoor area, then this needs to be utilised, in a time like this space is valuable and where there is space, there is opportunity. This will increase your covers whilst giving the more anxious diners the reassurance of a safe well-ventilated outdoor area.
As an outdoor living specialist, we have enhanced commercial restaurants all over the UK, creating atmospheric and comfortable spaces, giving diners a unique alfresco experience with our Award-Winning Outdoor Living Pod™. This super stylish and modern aluminium louvered pergola is equipped with all the necessary all-weather features to create the perfect outside dining experience.
Its watertight automated louvered roof system can rotate or slide to any precise point to provide sun, shade or shelter. Infrared heaters and dimmable LED lighting to set the scene and weather resistant side screens to block out the elements. The Outdoor Living Pod™ is flexible to the user’s needs to create the ultimate outdoor living experience through all the seasons, now this is how you adapt.
Contact our dedicated commercial team to see how we can change your outdoor space and improve your services for the foreseeable future – 0344 800 1947 or alternatively you visit one of our showrooms to take a closer look and get a firsthand experience.