Heat wave, thunderstorms and coronavirus: Bad recipe to run a successful restaurant

The scorching-hot weather, chances of a thunderstorm and the coronavirus do not make a great combination for good boardwalk business.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2020, 3:06 PM

Updated 1,363 days ago

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The scorching-hot weather, chances of a thunderstorm and the coronavirus do not make a great combination for good boardwalk business.
The Monmouth County town of Avon-By-The-Sea is a very popular destination for many New Jersey residents every summer, and restaurants on the boardwalk are dealing with all of these issues.
"As long as we can get a breeze, as long as there is a good covering to keep us out of the sun, then absolutely yes," says Liz Markulin, of Neptune.
If coronavirus doesn't make it hard enough, heat waves don't always make for the most comfortable outdoor dining, and throw the nasty thunderstorms into the mix, and it's not easy to run a successful business. 
"Not everybody can be cooped up in the house constantly, and if everybody plays by the rules, they can still stay in business,” says Chris Velinga, of Brick.
"I get it from my staff because they have to pay for school and it makes me feel bad because I'm trying to give them as many hours, but with the limited number of tables we have and running at 25% capacity,” says Avon Pavillion GM Lisa Hosley. “So, that makes it a little bit more difficult."


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