A Grocery Store Inside A Restaurant? Perhaps The New Reality Of A Post-Coronavirus World

A Grocery Store Inside A Restaurant? Perhaps The New Reality Of A Post-Coronavirus World

By Phil Lempert
A couple in face masks walk past the J.G. Melon restaurant at the crossing of Third Avenue and East 74th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The board in the centre shows a message reading "Please, avoid close contact with people who are sick". As of 13 April 2020, the United States has reported more than 560,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection, with more than 104,000 confirmed cases in New York City. (Photo by Maria Khrenova\TASS via Getty Images)

A couple in face masks walk past the J.G. Melon restaurant at the crossing of Third Avenue and East 74th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The board in the centre shows a message reading "Please, avoid close contact with people who are sick". As of 13 April 2020, the United States has reported more than 560,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection, with more than 104,000 confirmed cases in New York City. (Photo by Maria Khrenova\TASS via Getty Images)

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Then there are even more entrepreneurial restaurants and caterers—even chains including Panera and Big Boy—who also added an assortment of goods they had on hand (or they were able to secure it from their foodservice distributors) to sell directly to consumers. Assortments include alcohol, boxes and cans of ingredients, flour, meats, produce and yes, even toilet paper.

Major foodservice-only distributors like Sysco have already started helping their restaurant customers create these new mini markets. Its new website, Sysco Pop Up Shop, notes that “restaurants now have the opportunity to offer additional ‘essential’ products” and offers resources on how they can get started resources and grow the business.

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