This article discusses ideas of restaurant owners plans post COVID-19. There is a very high chance that there will be a lot of changes. Today, I want to think through some of the options that stood out the most
#2 Virtual Menus sent by text or email
This should already be a thing. I know I am the type that if I know I’m going somewhere beforehand, I’m looking up the menu. If you send the menu virtually, people can adjust the font size and I’m pretty sure you can get your phone to read the menu out loud. That would be so helpful to have that option for people who can need it. Also, let’s say you’re thinking about ordering something else, you can just pull it up on your phone instead of requesting a menu again.
#3 More disposable cutlery, plates, cups.
Okay, I don’t see this being a long-term option by a long shot. Can you cut steak with a plastic knife? Or really meat in general? There has to be some sort of technology that can sterilize silverware. Even if you could, it sounds like it could be a real struggle. This needs to be explored more but I can’t imagine going to a restaurant trying to twirl pasta with a weak plastic fork that would probably break. The only way I can see using disposable plates would have to be the heavy-duty ones. You would have to invest in the best quality version. A lot of dinner plates could easily soak through the plate. Having plastic cups doesn’t bother me though that’s fine.
#5 Bare Tables
I’m perfectly fine with this. There is no reason why you need to have multiple condiments, packets, and whatever else on the table. I rarely use them anyways. You can just request whatever extras you need. A small change that isn’t a major inconvenience. It’s an easy way to avoid germs. Not everyone orders drinks that need sugar. Or people don’t need extra salt and pepper all the time. This is certainly something that needs to happen.