Restaurants eye return to pre-COVID business as diners return to tables – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) — Restaurants had to guess and try new things, but now some places. to like RSVare going back to the way things were before the pandemic.

“Now that we’re back open seven days a week, we’re basically looking to be where we were before the pandemic, so that’s really great to see,” said SRV chef and partner Michael Lombardi.

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For the past two years, the South End restaurant has closed on Mondays and Tuesdays before returning to seven days a week at the end of February.

“It kind of started all over again from the start. And it was great for us to see,” Lombardi said.

For two weeks, the salted pig is also now open for dinner every night, instead of five days a week. They plan to do the same for the lunch service, which is currently only from Friday to Sunday.

“Right now we are seeing our lunch business picking up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday which is a very good sign,” said Coda Group Chief Operating Officer Ted Hawkins, who added: “We are betting Really more and more about desktop activations are coming back to this area, so be prepared for that.

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For restaurants like The Salty Pig with outdoor terrace, which at 80 seats doubles the business, the weather at this time of year is an incentive to increase opening hours.

“Now, depending on the weather, we open up our patios, which adds a ton of space for us,” Hawkins said.

SRV is booked for weddings every two months until October, part of their business which has taken off since last year.

“Corporate events are also coming back, but definitely a lot of family events, family reunions, weddings, things that people haven’t been able to do,” Lombardi said.

And while staff shortages and supply chain issues persist, it’s driving changes that aren’t necessarily a bad thing for workers, like the kitchen closing a few hours earlier.

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“It has been beneficial to us. I think people are happier. They got out of here early. They go home and get their lives back,” Lombardi said.

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