In 2020, the Autumnal Equinox falls on September 22 and bids summer goodbye. Many people will celebrate the season of pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking, and digging out a favorite oversized sweater. However, restaurant owners may be more hesitant to celebrate the change of season, particularly if their businesses are located in a city known for dramatic weather. Let’s face it: winter IS coming.
As the weather starts to shift, make sure that you pay close attention to what restaurants are saying about their operations. Read restaurant websites carefully and see if they provide any information on how to approach the restaurant, if they’re still offering outdoor dining, requiring temperature checks and more. Even if you book a reservation online, consider calling the restaurant prior to verify if anything has changed and their specific policies. Don’t worry about bothering them, they’ll be appreciative of the call.
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"I'd be lying if I said we don't have anxiety going into the fall and winter. We've had people come to the restaurant wanting to sit outside, and when we've been full outside and only had tables indoors, some of those customers have decided not to dine with us that day." (John McKibbon, co-owner, Sandbar Waterfront Grill, CBC News)
Many restaurants are working diligently to adjust their patios and menus to accommodate colder weather conditions. They have invested in heaters, blankets, furniture that holds warmth, and are crafting menus designed to warm you from the inside out (Restaurant Business).
Businesses operating in regions who have wicked winters (Hello Chicago and the Midwest!) are investing in upgrades to their HVAC systems so that they are creating the safest indoor environments possible.
We’re seeing an enormous response to Trust20’s programming, and many restaurants have begun the process of earning their certification. Restaurant operators are taking incredible action to create safe environments for diners despite the challenges at hand.
In all of this, the one thing we know for certain is that the industry has rapidly evolved to accommodate the pandemic’s restrictions and it will continue to adapt throughout the shifting seasons. Many restaurants will soon begin rolling out their fall menus, and the individuals who own and operate these businesses will deeply appreciate seeing your (masked) face either on the patio or in their dining room.
Trust20 is the new standard of restaurant safety and diner comfort, based on 20 tactics by health and safety experts. Supported by Gordon Food Service and General Mills, Trust20 provides an independently verified certification of restaurant practices, training, and other resources to help restaurants create safe, healthy, and welcome spaces for diners. www.trust20.co, @Trust20USA