Monday, June 21, 2021

How politics are killing restaurants

 The past year has been a tumultuous time on the American landscape. But through every type of major event in this country, there has always been one certainty. People have always gone out to eat. That has enabled restaurants to provide service through good times and bad. However, politics have intervened in that age old pastime.

The politics of the world are dividing many people, all of whom who share the same basic needs. Dining out has been a common practice for everyone, regardless of their political affiliation. Now, politics have finally denied people that right. Political agendas have dictated when and where people can eat. In the process, restaurant owners and workers are struggling. 


The restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus have also increased prices for restaurant operators. The spike in cleaning supplies and sanitizer and need for such things have increased cost. Meanwhile, there has been a shortage in the supply of specialty goods. Ingredients are no longer a guarantee and that could severely impact what a restaurant can offer. It could also impact the food quality. Once that deteriorates, a restaurant could see a dramatic spiral downward. And in the current climate, that could be catastrophic.

Many farms have been forced to shut down and for a restaurant that counts on organic problems, this can present a problem. The same is applicable to meats as quality cuts are not in the same type of abundance that they were pre-pandemic. The bottom line is that not all restaurants have consistent access to the items that make them unique and that is a recipe for disaster.

Current politics have also stricken many people with fear. There is a new fear of dining out. Restaurants are required to follow strict safety guidelines, although some politics have reemphasized the fear factor to the point where people are more comfortable with ordering out. That has forced independent restaurants to adjust and pivot, but all are capable of doing so.

One of the best parts about dining out is that people can forget their worries. They can sit back, enjoy a hearty meal and distance themselves from the everyday stress that has inundated their lives. Unfortunately, that simple act has been lost. Stress now accompanies a night out for many people. And as long as politics feed into that stress, the American restaurant industry will continue to be on life support.




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