What’s worse than a rainy first bank holiday Monday of outdoor dining, after months of waiting?
Any restaurateur looking to reopen in the current outdoor settings will tell you that rain and strong winds are generally bad for business. As many restaurants adjust to a new normal of outdoor dining during phase 1 of the UK’s hospitality reopening, the wet weather is slowly becoming yet another hurdle.
People tend to desert bookings for outdoor dining during an intense episode of rain because they appreciate being inside. Bars & restaurants are losing so many clients because of the weather, with fewer opportunities to attract new clients and generate revenue.
Shrub Chester is a modern bar, vegetarian, vegan restaurant, and cafe in the heart of Chester city center in Cheshire.
Numerous bars and restaurants throughout Cheshire announced that they won’t be opening their outdoor areas for Monday bank holiday, due to adverse weather conditions. This should continue to be a trend for restauranteurs in the coming weeks due to the unpredictability of English weather.
In a short statement shared on their social media channels, Telford’s Warehouse Chester said:
The Covid crisis is still around the corner, many political leaders still have reservations about a return to indoor dining and it is becoming more evident that during uncertain times, the takeout system will prove a huge plus.
Restaurants would have to continue to play ball with the weather by pulling the tables in and out and having to close for the weekend if the weather interrupts.
Until indoor dining resumes, restaurants will have to continue to generate revenue through takeout and delivery to stay afloat.