REPEATING YESTERDAY’S NJ GUIDELINES FOR OPENING OUTDOORS IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
NJ Outdoor Reopening Guidelines
State of NJ executive order guidelines. Effective at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020, restaurants, cafeterias, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges, collectively referred to as “food or beverage establishments,” are permitted to offer in-person service at outdoor areas, provided that the establishment complies with the following requirements:
ABC COVID-19 expansion of licensed premises permit. The Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (the “Division”) has determined it necessary to create a temporary permit, known as the COVID-19 Expansion of premises Permit (“COVID-19 Expansion Permit”), to enable licensees and permittees to expand their licensed premises into outdoor areas, either contiguous or non-contiguous to their permanently licensed premises.
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Department of Health protocols for food and beverage outdoor areas. Food or beverage establishments offering service at outdoor areas pursuant to Executive Order No. 150 (2020) must adhere to the protocols and impose the following requirements on employees and customers.
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Bielat Santore & Company to Release NJ Restaurant Reopening Playbook
Monday, June 8th. Bielat Santore & Company has formed a “task force” comprised of multi-unit restaurant operators to collaborate on ideas, procedures, strategies and goals as they relate to the preparation for and the reopening of restaurants and other hospitality-based businesses in New Jersey. The Mission of this “task force” is to provide a collaboration of knowledge, expertise and innovative thinking from some of the industry’s most reputable restaurant operators, that will yield a strategy for all independent restauranteurs to follow, assisting all in the transition back to “business as normal.” The firm will release a “Restaurant Reopening Playbook,” a guide for preparation and execution this coming Monday.
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Resorts Introduces Plan to Welcome Back Guests and Team Members
Investing Significant Capital into Technology. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino Hotel has developed a Play Safe, Work Safe plan to responsibly welcome back guests and team members to the most comfortable, fun and safe environment. “We want our guests to be able to enjoy the friendly and warm experience that has always been part of our core values but with the addition of new health and safety measures,” said Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel. The plan includes a significant capital investment to improve air quality, as well as clean and sanitize surfaces across the property.
Restaurants Rehired Nearly 1.4m Workers Last Month
Federal stimulus dollars and unexpected sales gains helped the industry bring back laid off workers. The restaurant industry brought back 1.37 million workers in May, according to newly released federal employment data, as consumers began eating out again and operators rehired workers furloughed in March and April to comply with federal stimulus loan requirements. Yet the industry remains far below employment levels from before the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting that it could be years before the number of workers lost over that six-week period are fully regained. The restaurant industry employed 7.6 million workers in May, up 22% from April’s decades-long low of 6.3 million. It is still 37% below February levels, or about 4.4 million employees.
Side Gigs Boots Restaurants’ Cash Flow
Inventive operators are going beyond takeout and delivery to bring in revenue and build brand awareness. Every week since mid-March, when restaurants were forced to shut down dine-in operations in most states, operators have been coming up with creative ways to keep their businesses going. With takeout and delivery, the only options, chefs cooked up family meals to go, moved on to DIY dinner and cocktail kits, grocery boxes, cooking videos, virtual date nights, and more. As the weeks went on and operators continued to think outside-the-box to stay afloat, a number of marketable products and experiences came out of the mix—some of which have turned into moneymaking sidelines. Even as restaurants start to reopen for limited indoor and outdoor dining, these new gigs and brand extensions are creating another revenue stream.
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Restaurant owners say damages due to looting can be fixed, but there are bigger problems on the horizon. Over the last week, the news was filled with images of shattered storefronts and small businesses on fire as protests over the death of George Floyd have at times devolved into looting. But as many restaurant owners see it, the attention on looting ignores much bigger threats to their businesses, including immediate curfews and capacity restrictions that are expected to last for months to come. Restaurants will also have to figure out how to retain and rehire workers and navigate a shell-shocked supply landscape. In short, the restaurant industry’s path to recovery will be no easy climb, regardless of protest-related damages.
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New “Normal” impacts nearly every worker in the U.S., study says. A recent survey of workers in the U.S. from the ADP Research Institute reveals that an initially significant decrease in worker confidence appears to be leveling off despite the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on nearly every worker in the U.S. The findings included in the report titled “A Workplace Redefined: Employee Resilience Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic“ explore employee sentiment regarding their ability to work from home, how the pandemic affected their productivity, their confidence about how long they may experience the effects of the crisis, and how their employer responded to the pandemic. The survey uncovers that stress levels, work/life balance and productivity are starting to stabilize rather than continue to deteriorate week to week. In fact, the majority of workers believe their financial concern is short term, even for those not working right now.
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How to market your restaurant for sale during the coronavirus pandemic. Of course, it will be challenging to market and sell businesses that have temporarily been shuttered during the pandemic, because valuations are based on historical financial data. However, whether you choose to reopen your business or not, owners can still position them for sale. So, what should you do if you want to sell in the next 6 – 12 months? Contact a good business broker that specializes in the sale of hospitality real estate and businesses. Bielat Santore & Company, Allenhurst, NJ has been brokering such sales for over 40 years and will be able to help you come up with flexible deal structures and capital sources to make a sale possible; call for a free consultation – 732.531.4200.