Coronavirus: The Coming New Reality For Restaurants

May 20, 2020 | Interviews

What will the new reality be for restaurants?

It’s going to be tough for many eateries to make a go of it, once restrictions are eased, says Doug Roth, founder and president of Playground Hospitality in Chicago. Initially, restaurants will not be able to reopen at full capacity.

“Unfortunately, the mathematics is not working out,” Roth tells Rob Hart in the latest coronavirus edition of the WBBM In Depth podcast.

Not surprisingly, restaurants that already had carryout and delivery infrastructure in place will be the winners in the industry, he said. This includes chains and fast-casual places, he said.

“Those that have that embedded already in their DNA are the ones that are going to able to be the players,” Roth said.