The expansion of the indoor restaurant comes “a little too late” for the New York restaurateur

New York restaurants outside of New York City may increase capacity to 75% of normal next week, but Southbound BBQ owner Pete Mason said Neil Cavuto, the host of Your World, is easing restrictions on his business “a little too late”.

MASON: It was very exhausting. Trying to stay open, move on, get my staff back and get back to work. It’s interesting, I’m happy for the people who are still operating or who can still operate that they are getting some relief. However, it is a little too late for my particular business.

Before opening my own restaurant, I ran a hospitality group in New York City, so I’m no stranger to venues opening. But I think the companies that managed to survive when this reopened took place were able to increase the capacity limits, they are getting a bit looser towards people sitting at the bar itself because they are only 36 inches away from a bartender. There will be a ton of parameters that will allow these companies to stand a chance of battle and give it a try.

If we hadn’t had the restrictions imposed by the COVID protection protocols, I most likely would not have had to close my restaurant … Due to the dynamics of my restaurant, I had large communal tables. I had a southern hospitality restaurant, so long communal tables where you hang out with people isn’t a good sign of social distancing.

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