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·         BJ’s closes dining rooms that had reopened in coronavirus easing

·         Restaurant outlook grim, according to operators in Black Box Intelligence survey

 

 

BJ’s closes dining rooms that had reopened in coronavirus easing

July infection spikes in California and elsewhere reduce units with indoor dining to 70% from 95% of system

 

Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News

Jul 23, 2020

 

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. this month has reclosed a number of its dining rooms after they had reopened in the wake of coronavirus restrictions, the company said Thursday.

 

The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based casual-dining brand, which released second-quarter earnings Thursday, said about “70% of our restaurant dining rooms are open today, in a limited capacity, compared to 95% in late June.”

 

A number of states and counties in California and elsewhere have rolled back reopening phases as they experience spikes in COVID-19 infections, forcing restaurants to reduce or again close indoor dining.

 

“The entrepreneurial spirit of our restaurant operators was on full display as teams acted swiftly to create welcoming and comfortable outdoor seating areas around the perimeter of our restaurants as well as under large and lighted tents in our parking lots,” said Greg Trojan, CEO of BJ’s, in a business update that accompanied the company’s earnings release.

 

“These efforts have allowed us to continue to serve our guests in locations where indoor dining is not currently permitted and to expand our seating where dine-in capacity is limited,” Trojan said...

 

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Restaurant outlook grim, according to operators in Black Box Intelligence survey

Two-thirds of polled executives expect environment to worsen in next 3 months

 

Ron Ruggless, Nation's Restaurant News 

Jul 17, 2020

 

Restaurant operators and executives have grown pessimistic about the next three months in the face of coronavirus-related fears, according to an informal survey Thursday.

 

Black Box Intelligence, the Dallas-based analytics firm, polled nearly 300 operators and executives on a “Q3 State of the Industry” webinar, and found two-thirds “expect things to get worse for restaurants over the next three months.”

 

The restaurant industry has been struggling with state and local restrictions and stay-at-home orders since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.

 

With surges in coronavirus infections reported across a number of states, the operators surveyed Thursday expect “the environment for restaurants over the next 90 days will continue to be challenging.”

 

The topmost concern among the polled operators was safety, with a growing number taking visible precautions.

 

Of the nearly 300 operators polled Thursday:

 

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