Some Restaurants Back To Normal, Others Still Suffering

Some restaurants are holding onto a takeout business they never had before

Andrew Limberg
June 26, 2020 - 2:29 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The head of an organization representing restaurants in Pennsylvania says some have returned to pre-pandemic business by getting creative, while others are still taking a hit.

Some restaurants are holding onto a takeout business they never had before.

Other have expanded outdoor dining and found creative ways to use more tables. Restaurant and Lodging Association president John Longstreet tells the KDKA Radio Morning Show many are still suffering

“About half the restaurants it looks like have elected not to open and to try to wait until we get back to normal, which is probably going to be problematic because I don’t think we’re going to be back to normal for a while,” said Longstreet.

Many of those restaurants say they don’t believe they can survive operating at 50 percent capacity.

Longstreet says while business travel has not returned, leisure travel is slowly picking up this summer.

Expanded outdoor dining and a strong takeout business have helped many restaurants the most.

While cases have gone up in Allegheny County over the past week, restaurants and bars can continue to operate at 50 percent capacity.

Restaurants in Florida have begun to close after record COVID-19 numbers are being reported and in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered bars closed and restaurants are to operate at 50 percent capacity. 

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