Even during a pandemic, pizza can be counted on to power sales and feed the bottom line. While other chains struggled to shift to off-premises channels to shore up business, pizza chains could rely on already well-developed delivery capabilities.
The pandemic may have put an unforeseen strain on the industry and brought business to a crawl, but a Bank of America study has revealed that sales have gone from fizzle to sizzle as the big brands turned the corner on the coronavirus.1 Small chains and independent restaurants, meanwhile, remain stalled.1
As restaurants reopen to an uncertain future in the shadow of coronavirus—with limited capacity and stringent restrictions—bright spots continue to surface. While some operators see light at the end of the tunnel, others have prospered at the height of the pandemic.
To serve up sales and mitigate the shortfall during the COVID-19 outbreak, foodservice operators have had to think outside of the box. Now, many are thinking outside—as in al fresco—in states and cities where dine-in remains prohibited. And even where dine-in restrictions have eased, al fresco dining still offers a breath of fresh air for consumers eager to dine out—and an opportunity for sales-hungry operators to feed the bottom line.
Bygone days of dine-in bliss may not be back just yet, but there’s no doubt about consumers’ hunger for their return. As government restrictions ease and restaurants start to reopen, foodservice operators need to be ready.