Festive day for restaurants

It’s a day of celebration for French restaurants. With the opening of the rooms (with a gauge of 50% until June 30), crowded terraces thanks to the beautiful weather, and always numerous deliveries, the activity promises to be excellent.

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The professionals finally see the exit of a long tunnel. Catering has been one of the economic sectors hardest hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, with its 147,000 companies, 531,000 employees and 42.6 billion euros in turnover, in slow motion for more than a year.

Take-out sales multiplied by 2.5

Terraces, take-out orders and delivery have allowed restaurants to regain some color since June 9? It was enough to count the number of customers seated outside since May 19 to be reassured about the restart. Those who were able to re-mobilize their staff and install their customers in the open air, often without distancing, have revived the atmosphere of feverish gunfire. “If the delivery was not very spectacular (+ 35% in 2020), on the other hand, take-out sales were multiplied by 2.5 during the confinement, observes the expert Bernard Boutboul (Gira Conseil). success of the terraces was such,

that the atmosphere was sometimes hysterical, with too many customers and an often overwhelmed staff. ”

Employees absent on call

Spending by bank cards in restaurants reached 85% of their 2019 level, we told Bercy. This suggests a rebound in the coming weeks. The only problem is that in traditional catering, many employees have not reappeared. “20% of my workforce is absent, the schedule becomes a real headache”, confides Xavier Denamur, the boss of the Les Philosophes brewery in Paris. Excellent news for him, Anne Hidalgo has finally authorized the large terraces until October 15 and their free until September 30.

Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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