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By Jim Jones
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I see the company that has Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge has gone bust :(

I have loyalty to a few independent restaurants that I dearly hope survive the lockdown. But I have has reasonable meals at reasonable prices at these. Lunch out whilst shopping in town, post cinema chat ‘ what did you think of the film ? “ events.

We eaten exclusively at home for 8 weeks, no pain due to Mrs Jim’s talent, but have missed the no need to prepare and wash up after element.

I have a suspicion that eating out will return to being relatively rare and more expensive due to a) fewer covers due to spacing and b) no economies of scale that chains can achieve.

Waddya think ?
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By Iceman
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Certainly those places that have a take-away capability will fair better in the short term. Pure sit-down restaurants are going to really suffer and many will disappear with a very slow rebirth thereafter.

Iceman 8)
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By skydriller
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Iceman wrote:Certainly those places that have a take-away capability will fair better in the short term. Pure sit-down restaurants are going to really suffer and many will disappear with a very slow rebirth thereafter.


This is the issue I see with people going on holiday. A big part of the holiday experience for me is "just finding a place to eat or drink and enjoy the atmosphere/view etc..."

There is a big debate going on right now in France about how "les vacances" will work this Summer, where traditionally the french take either July or August off for a holiday, and if restaurants will be open.

Regards, SD..
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By johnm
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I can't find the picture now, but there was a great idea from Holland, tables in a little greenhouse each with the food and drink passed in through the window on a board like the ones they use for loading a pizza oven :D Cleaning the greenhouses between customers ought to be possible and bob's yer uncle :D
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By skydriller
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johnm wrote:I can't find the picture now, but there was a great idea from Holland, tables in a little greenhouse each with the food and drink passed in through the window on a board like the ones they use for loading a pizza oven :D

:lol:
With standard 30deg summer days here, it sure would be a greenhouse and probably the temperature of a Pizza Oven inside... :shock: :pale:
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By Rob P
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There's a similar "pod dining" restaurant on the banks of the Thames, though I think service is/was more conventional. I looked into eating there, but they were booked for months ahead.

I see dining out becoming less formal. It's notable the Don Pasquale, a landmark in Cambridge for many years, has already announced they were getting out, a victim they claimed of the growth in the popularity of street food and pop-ups.

Rob P
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By JonathanB
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A local ice cream shop has a good idea... (no use for dining though)

Facebook link I'm afraid:
By Colonel Panic
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The last time I went to a Cafe Rouge was 17 years ago; we asked for some butter and the reply was "we don't have any, everything arrives pre-packaged and we just heat it up". Frankly, I am surprised that they lasted as long as they have.
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By JonathanB
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Yes, we had a bad experience after using them for a few years. Never went back after that.
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By skydriller
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Rob P wrote:I see dining out becoming less formal. It's notable the Don Pasquale, a landmark in Cambridge for many years, has already announced they were getting out, a victim they claimed of the growth in the popularity of street food and pop-ups.


I just cant see myself doing the whole "take out on a bench" thing on holiday.
And Im trying to imagine a Raduno without the social aspect. But I dont want to. :pale:
Its not a future I want to live in.

We went to friends at the weekend and had a BBQ around a big table outside. Not sure we were exactly 2m apart, but as none of us had seen anyone else for the last 2 months we mutually agreed we would in all probability be OK out in the sun. We confirmed that it was the socialising that we all missed most.

Regards, SD..
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By seanxair
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skydriller wrote:There is a big debate going on right now in France about how "les vacances" will work this Summer, where traditionally the french take either July or August off for a holiday, and if restaurants will be open.

Regards, SD..


What are the chances do you think of us being allowed to chunnel across and then drive down for our annual SD? And would we be welcome? Obviously eating out is part of the fun.

We have been in touch with our gite hosts (deposit paid) and they will roll over the booking until next year for us if we can't come. I am going to talk to them tonight to see how they feel about it but I think if they can let our two weeks to a French family it might be best for them and us long term.
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By Miscellaneous
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seanxair wrote:...but I think if they can let our two weeks to a French family it might be best for them and us long term.

Why? Do you think a French family are less likely to have and spread the virus? Certainly in the UK I think holidaying may be discouraged for some time yet.
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By seanxair
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Miscellaneous wrote:
seanxair wrote:...but I think if they can let our two weeks to a French family it might be best for them and us long term.

Why? Do you think a French family are less likely to have and spread the virus? Certainly in the UK I think holidaying may be discouraged for some time yet.


I don't at all. My thinking is that if the French have heavily restricted international travel they may be looking for holidays internally and our gite hosts can get some income rather than stand empty just in case we can come last minute. I'm assuming though that the French government by then will be allowing fairly free travel internally.

Also if we are some weeks behind in terms of the R number or there is an increase as we ease movement restrictions here we might not be overly welcome by the non tourist dependent locals.
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