Businesses are gearing up for phase three, which is expected to start June 12th. However, restaurants can only open at 50 percent capacity which is still a financial hardship.
“Any restaurant tour will tell you that all of your profit comes after the 85th percentile. So most places will lose money at 50 percent, hands down.” —Symeon Tsoupelis, Owner of Symeon’s Greek Restaurant
Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente stated a couple weeks ago that he wanted to help businesses expand their capacity by implementing outdoor seating but Tsoupelis says it’s just not ideal for them, “We don’t really have the spots for it. It depends where your location is, that’s going to be a big huge factor.” The restaurant is located on Commercial Drive in New Hartford.
Despite the capacity decrease, Tsoupelis says they are ready to get back to work.
“We’re going to have to do all the social distancing so we’re going to have to take a lot of our tables out, chairs out to keep people distanced in the dinning room. New disinfecting procedures that we’ve already implemented will continue on…” —Tsoupelis