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There’s one thing everyone can agree on—2020 has been a year of radical changes for the hospitality industry. From lockdowns, to capacity limits, to the world’s newfound appreciation for outdoor dining, almost nothing looks the same as it did a year ago. Thankfully, restaurants have pivoted, adapted, and found creative ways to keep their customers and staff safe—all while continuing to provide delicious food and memorable experiences.
As this year comes to a close, what should you expect for the restaurant industry in 2021?
We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have a few predictions. It’s safe to say that dining will continue to change in the year ahead, so let’s take a look at a few possible outcomes.
Restrictions Won’t Be a Thing of the Past
As much as we wish could leave patron limits, mandated closures, and restricted hours of operation in 2020, the reality is these measures will likely remain in place for at least for the first few months of 2021. Though restrictions will continue to be determined by individual states, almost every corner of the nation is heading into the new year with at least some rules still in place.
Although this is undeniably bad news for businesses, it’s helpful to remember that these restrictions won’t last forever. For restaurants in regions with strict rules, the most important thing will be to find ways to ensure your restaurant survives the winter. Take a look at these tips for surviving the first quarter of 2021:
Re-Opening Will be Slow and Steady
Another thing we can learn from 2020 is that re-opening usually doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, many states will most likely ease restrictions gradually. For states with the toughest restrictions, re-opening might look something like this:
As we said, there’s no way to know exactly when these things will occur, but we feel confident that they will begin to happen eventually. It’s important to remember that even as restrictions are eased, some customers won’t feel comfortable returning to ‘normal’ right away, so it’s important to plan accordingly.
Make sure your staff is aware of new developments and keep your purveyors up to date on your inventory needs. As things open up, you don’t want to find yourself short-staffed or without enough fresh ingredients.
There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel
The first few months of 2021 are going to be tough, but better days are ahead. Although getting restaurants back on their feet will take time, we have two main reasons to believe the restaurant world has something to look forward to in 2021:
No Matter What the New Year Holds, We’re in This Together
There’s one thing we know isn’t going to change in 2021—our commitment to providing restaurants with the tools they need to succeed in these difficult times. At Adora, we’re here 24/7 to help you with everything your business needs to make the most of 2021. Our goal is to make adapting easier, and we’ll be there for your business no matter what the year ahead has in store.