What to Expect Dining Out in The New Year
Alright, the New Year is quickly approaching (days away)! Restaurants are still thriving and consumers are still making plans to enjoy the dining out experience. As a new year begins, we’ve put together a simple list of what you may expect dining out in the new year.
First, it’s important to appreciate the experience as a whole. Remember, there’s a lot of work that goes into making your dining experience positive. Don’t forget to thank the waitstaff, bartender, and give credit to the chef. Tip your waitstaff accordingly, and provide welcoming feedback if you find that your experience could have been better.
Here’s what you can expect as you dine out in the new year:
- The same safety measures for COVID-19 are still in place for staff and customers. You can expect reductions in the amount of seating in restaurants and calling ahead is still encouraged. Some restaurants may still require masks and seating arrangements are still in effect.
- Call ahead. A good rule of thumb, especially if you have a party of 3 or more, is to call ahead to make the appropriate arrangements. Don’t assume.
- Expect to see some changes to the menu. Prices have changed and this results in items being taken off of the menu and new items being added! This time of year, it’s common to see seasonal items that come and go. There has also been a supply shortage on several restaurant-wide items. Instead of being frustrated with the establishment, find an alternative and ask to see when your fan favorite may be back on the men. Again, call ahead if you have any questions.
- You can still enjoy the meals you love from the comfort of your own home. Takeout and delivery options are constantly changing, so it’s also a good idea to call ahead about those options. It’s also important to ask about the safety measures in place for delivery and takeout.
A New Year and Familiar Feeling
Overall, the consumer experience will be the same. Some things to observe are menu items and pricing. Consider calling ahead of time and asking any questions that will give you clarity. Enjoy the experience. Whether you are dining out with family or friends or having a date-night at home, be present, have fun, and enjoy the delicious food and good company. It’s more than just a meal. It’s an experience.