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Can Do: How Restaurants Are Coping With COVID

Jan 4, 2021

The American restaurant industry is in freefall. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 110,000 restaurants have closed nationwide. That’s one out of every six, and there are likely more to come. Those restaurants that remain open are struggling with financial sustainability, as they face an industry-wide loss of $240 billion in sales for 2020. Listen now on Can Do as we will explore this subject with two industry pros in two very different positions.

How are restaurants coping with dynamic health and safety regulations? What operational adjustments have been made and how long will they last? What will the industry look like in the future and what can customers expect?

Pearl Cash is an award-winning chef and a 45-year veteran of the Montana restaurant scene. Pearl plans to retire in 2021.

Kyle Riggs simultaneously opened a new bar and restaurant and a new speakeasy-style venue in downtown Missoula in May 2020. With over two decades of experience in the industry, he now faces his greatest challenge yet.

This is Can Do, a podcast that explores the business lessons essential for success in these volatile times. Can Do shares the insights of industry experts along with the experiences and advice of local businessmen and businesswomen. Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneur, or your career is affected by the current economic climate, these lessons will give you the guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future.