China Overseas Chinese Network, October 6th. According to the US "World Journal" report, the restart schedule of the catering industry in the U.S. Axian catering industry has not been clearly finalized, but the reporter visited and found that Chinese restaurants in Alameda City have tested the water for outdoor dining.
The Chinatown of Oakland, USA, is too small to allow restaurants to operate outdoors, but the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce also organized several summer walking street activities in August and September, encouraging citizens to enjoy the food on the dining chairs at the gate of 9th Street after receiving the food.
Liu Chunming, owner of the Yijing Restaurant in Alameda, said that the restaurant was closed from March to May for shelter from the epidemic.
It was not until June that the takeaway was reopened, and the business decreased by 30% compared to before the epidemic.
Alameda City and A County have been sending emails to inform the business restart guidelines.
Considering that the restaurant is located by the sea and there are plenty of vacant spaces outside the shop, it was decided to start outdoor dining by placing tables, chairs and umbrellas outside on September 7.
At present, the business is gradually increasing, and sometimes 10 tables can be filled on weekends.
According to the regulations of the Health Bureau, Liu Chunming requires that all tables can only be seated with a maximum of 6 people, and the distance between the tables is 10 feet (about 3 meters), which is greater than the 6 feet (about 1.8 meters) social distance required by the government.
He also asked employees to carefully disinfect before and after meals to do enough to prevent the epidemic.
Taking into account the needs of the people, the restaurant is also adjusted in time.
Morning to noon is the Cantonese-style morning tea time, and from 5 pm to 8 pm, tables and chairs are also placed on the empty balcony on the roof, which is convenient for the public to eat together and also comply with the epidemic prevention requirements.
Citizen Mei Zhongyuan said that the outdoor dining table is placed on the beach, and it feels good to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the sea and sky when drinking morning tea.
Auckland Chinatown is a concentrated area of Chinese restaurants.
Although Oakland has always encouraged restaurants to use outdoor parking lots and sidewalks for outdoor operations, many restaurant owners said that the sidewalks and driveways in Chinatown are relatively narrow, making outdoor dining unrealistic.
Chen Xipeng, chairman of the Auckland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, said that in order to revitalize Chinatown consumption, the Chamber of Commerce has held summer walking street activities for two consecutive months starting in August. Tables and chairs are placed on the 9th Street section at the entrance of Fuxing Center, allowing citizens to bring takeaways. Dining.
The effect was good. Some merchants closed at 4 or 5 in the afternoon. Because of the pedestrian street plan, they decided to extend their business hours and their turnover increased significantly.
Some restaurants increased their turnover by 30% on the day, and the most increased by 60%.
Chen Xipeng said that the current first phase of the pedestrian street plan has ended.
Consider building a long-term pedestrian street plan next to the fountain in Fuxing Center.
For example, buy a group of tables and chairs and place them at a fixed time each day to attract customers.
In addition, a fire broke out on the commercial building on Webster Street in Chinatown on September 16. Due to maintenance and safety inspections, it was temporarily closed.
Merchants are temporarily suspended, and the flow of people in the street is reduced. The Chamber of Commerce is also considering building a summer pedestrian street.
Chen Xipeng said that considering that Axian may open indoor dining, the Chamber of Commerce is also actively contacting the Health Bureau and the owners, hoping to hold a policy advocacy meeting so that merchants can understand the reopening regulations, comply with the epidemic prevention guidelines, and restart more safely.