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Terraces in winter: This is how restaurants will keep the influx of diners in the cold


00The closures forced by the spikes in cases caused by the second wave of the SARS-2 and the capacity limitations established to ensure that the guidelines on social distancing are met, the Inclement weather, which in most of Spain appear as low temperatures and occasional showers.

With this panorama on the horizon, hospitality professionals are forced to sharpen their wits. And one of the ideas that are having the most success among restaurants are the glazed huts or iglúes located in the outdoor spaces of the restaurants.

In northern EE. THE. this type of prefabricated buildings have already been very successful in previous years. They usually serve the purpose of keep the exterior surface of the restaurant operational, so that the capacity of the premises is maintained at maximum values. But these rooms are also highly valued on certain dates. There are real pitched battles to watch the Super Bowl or say goodbye to the year in one of these select venues. Although these contests are not dealt with weapons, but with the portfolios of the interested parties. For a couple of years the advance reservation of the outdoor tables located in these glazed huts or igloos has been managed through a auction system to maximize economic performance and the return on investment of the restaurant.

This, As minimum, shows that there is a unusual demand from diners. Although in the past this demand was based on the novelty and modernity of the idea, in this 2020, mired in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, more than a curiosity to share later with friends it is a necessity.

Restaurants can use these igloos to extend their useful space in winter. When the usual terraces no longer protect against the weather, these structures help maintain a surface that is now critical. In some cases, hospitality professionals have even managed to allow them occupy public areas such as parking lots, sidewalks and pedestrian streets to be able to host more tables and combat the rest of the restrictions that are imposed on businesses from the administrative spheres.

According to a new study by the National Restoration Association US, These alternatives for consumption outside the premises are of vital importance for the restaurateur. Among the most important points that are distilled from the association's investigations, the following sections consist:

  • He 74% of the restaurants that offer full service have patios on their premises, terraces or sidewalks. These data refer to EE. UU., where the weather is highly variable, going from Mediterranean areas like California, to subtropical climates like Florida and cold continental areas like New York and other northern states. So that, it is foreseeable that this index will be even higher in Spain, where the climate is much more benign, except mountain areas.
  • The percentage previously presented decreases until 60% in those restaurants where full service is not offered. As usual, when waitress service is lacking, it is more infrequent for the premises to be equipped with outdoor spaces in which to serve consumers.
  • Considering these two points, It is not surprising that the percentage of total business volume associated with sales made abroad varies from one type of restaurant to another.. In full service restaurants the 44% business comes from outdoor spaces, while in the rest this value is around the 25 percent.
  • Restaurants with terraces establish the closure of their outdoor spaces around mid-November. From that date it is expected that the weather will completely prevent the attention of diners in unprotected exteriors. Behold, the igloos and glazed huts become very important from this date.
  • He 49% of professionals who run full-service restaurants will take steps to extend the time their outdoor spaces will be in use. In all other cases, only 25% of hoteliers plan to do the same.
  • He 77% of full-service restaurant managers and the 65% of others are interested in possible financial incentives, aids or reductions on tax rates that allow them to face purchases of outdoor heaters, igloos and the like to extend sales in your outdoor spaces.

The installation of outdoor huts and igloos is positioned in this way as a magnificent idea to face the winter season in the establishment, even more so considering that coronavirus crisis persists and it is necessary to maximize the performance of the establishment.

However, mounting this type of elements outside the premises is not as simple as simply making the decision. The location of the premises is of utmost importance, as well as the existence or not of exterior spaces that can be used to erect the glazed rooms. On some occasions the problem does not derive from the availability of the surface itself, but local regulations in terms of safety or the rental or acquisition price of these prefabricated, that can cost several thousand euros even with the most affordable models.

The air conditioning may be another need to attend. The huts and igloos simply consist of a structure, moorings, windows and the most basic furniture. What is necessary to protect visitors from rain and wind, as well as to isolate them from other consumers and prevent them from contracting COVID-19. Nevertheless, the cold may continue to deter diners. In this case, a additional investment in outdoor space heaters, with its usual consumptions in electrical energy or fuel.

The question that the restorer has to answer is what is worth in his case: Face the initial investment or lose that succulent percentage of daily sales that are made in the outdoor spaces? Home case will be different, but for those who usually enjoy a busy terrace, glazed huts and igloos will undoubtedly be a solution to consider.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.


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