Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely impact the restaurant industry on a global scale, it has forced restauranteurs to evolve their operations to survive amid such trying times.
Notably, majority of the restaurant companies have resorted to an off-premise business model, which primarily focuses on delivery, takeout, drive-thru, catering, meal kits, and off-site options such as kiosks as well as food trucks. Given a spike in contactless delivery preference, companies have also increased their focus on driverless delivery systems to augment sales amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, restaurant operators have also initiated the opening and expansion of patios around the perimeter of their restaurants to accommodate more seating where dining capacity is limited.
Dismal store traffic due to social distancing protocols cannot be ruled out. Also, some dining rooms have been closed again owing to local and state restrictions due to rise in the number of coronavirus cases.