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How the pandemic will change the way restaurants are built

Operators across segments are planning smaller locations optimized for off-premise as consumer habits change rapidly.


Outback gets a $21K pop from dining-room reopenings

Sales for the Bloomin’ brand have climbed to within 13.6% of 2019 levels.

Operators' assessments of the returning business are mixed.

The new format, featuring a limited menu and sparse seating, will make its debut this week.

A surge in to-go sales has pushed stores close to profitability, executives say.

The Brinker International chain has already rehired 10% of furloughed workers, with recruitment accelerating to handle an expected surge in business from pent-up dine-in demand.

The Darden Restaurants chain is now generating takeout and delivery sales at an annualized rate of $2.8 million per store.

Family meals and kits appeal to households sheltering in place.

Parent company Darden Restaurants' fine-dining group saw steeper declines as dine-in sales plunged.

Per-unit sales are running at about a third of the volume of pre-COVID-19 days, but that's still $3 million in annual per-store revenues. And costs have been aggressively cut.

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