Apropos for lunchtime, a new approach to the Kansas City restaurant biz offers us a peek at the future that no longer requires dinner reservations.
To wit . . .
WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF KANSAS CITY RESTAURANTS WITH NO PUBLIC DINING AREAS!!!
Let's do a quick bit of math/science here . . .
Eating at restaurants is overrated. The service is usually lousy and the food is ALWAYS overpriced.
A TKC pandemic axiom . . .
IF all future restaurant food is just slop poured into Styrofoam boxes to bring home THEN the nicer places no longer have and average and the pandemic just turned every establishment into fast good.
Advantage: Broke-ass people who know how to cook i.e. your mom.
And so . . .
Whist this "new normal" might bring sadness for some middle-class denizens who enjoyed faking their importance to wage slaves . . . The evolution of restaurants offers a welcomed change for those frustrated souls who never quite understood the public's fascination with watching strangers eat.
Check the "Perfect Village" chef quote . . .
“I love restaurants, but Covid has definitely showed us that it's hard to have a full capacity restaurant. It's hard to staff,” he said. “We strategically built this restaurant without a dining room, which I think Covid dictated. … We can handle it all with a very small team. We have four people on our staff and we’re able to facilitate a full dinner in full restaurant-style meals.”
Scratch Gourmet’s multi-pronged business model includes catering; private dining and events at the restaurant, such as seven-course wine pairing dinners; and hot, refrigerated, or frozen meals to-go that can be ordered the day of or days in advance. Although the restaurant opens at 10 a.m., hot meals have a limited pickup window, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For those who want to linger, there’s a small outdoor patio.
Having a private dining room is strategic during Covid-19. It gives diners the experience of leaving the house while also easing health-related concerns about being in large groups, he said. The dining room can house parties as small as four or as large as 22.
Read more behind a somewhat worthwhile paywall via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Shaped by pandemic trends, new Prairie Village restaurant forgoes dining room - Kansas City Business Journal
A chain restaurant's success during the pandemic only emboldened Tyler and Monica Morrison 's idea for a to-go focused restaurant in Prairie Village. Last year, Texas-based Wingstop's sales across its 1,500-plus restaurants soared 28.8% year-over-year. "It was all carryout - not sit down in their restaurant - and they flourished," he said.