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Restaurants that survived pandemic face cocktail of new challenges

Published May 29, 2023, 1:20 a.m. by Courtney

It's been a long, hard road for restaurants during the pandemic. Many have closed their doors for good, but those that have survived are now facing a new set of challenges.

The first is the challenge of reopening. Many restaurants have been closed for months, and some have been forced to lay off staff. Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, they face the daunting task of getting back up and running.

The second challenge is the change in consumer behavior. People are still cautious about going out to eat, and many are opting for delivery or takeout instead. This has led to a decline in sales for many restaurants.

And finally, there's the challenge of competition. With so many restaurants closed, there are now more choices for diners. This means that restaurants have to work harder than ever to stand out from the crowd.

So, how can restaurants meet these challenges?

The first step is to make sure that they're prepared for reopening. This means having a plan in place for how to get staff back on board and how to restock supplies.

The second step is to focus on the customer experience. This means making sure that your restaurant is clean and safe, and that your staff is friendly and helpful.

And finally, you need to make sure that your marketing is on point. This means promoting your restaurant online and in your local community.

If you can do all of these things, you'll be in a good position to survive the challenges of the post-pandemic world.

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it's nearly supper time at the Wooden

Monkey but it's snowy and cold and

months away from peak season the owner

says they're just trying to keep the

lights on I just want to break even

that's my goal we want to make sure that

we're here as long as we've been here a

long time 18 and a half years going on

19 and we want to continue

everything costs more

upping menu prices she says expenses are

ballooning everybody's running through

the same things whether it be in their

household budgets or their work budgets

I think everybody's challenged in the

same way restaurants Canada says half of

its members are not turning a profit it

says in the last year some 5 000

Canadian restaurants have closed that's

about five percent of restaurants and

there are more than a hundred and sixty

thousand job vacancies in the industry

and that's about 10 percent of total

jobs making things worse one word

inflation oh it's eviscerating the

little profit that restaurants had right

across Canada Richard Alexander says

it's an extra challenge for restaurants

which felt the brunt of Public Health

restrictions during the pandemic covid

recovery has just begun and then on top

of that you lay over over lay on top of

that you have huge labor challenges uh

in the in the industry and then you know

things like the price of lattice goes up

400 percent uh so it's it's very very

difficult time for for the industry

profit margins are all already tight in

the restaurant industry some other

high-end restaurants in Halifax

including this one Julep kitchen

recently went under citing skyrocketing


staff at the wooden monkey say they're

working with suppliers to cut better

deals and hopefully make a profit I am

optimistic and you have to stay that way

because otherwise what's what are you

doing Bauer says that optimism is

powering her to get through these next

tough months Kate McKenna CBC News



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