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 Post subject: Restaurants
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:04 pm 
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Wondering if you folks on Aruba have an idea how the restaurants are doing with tourism off 60% +/-. Here in New York over 30% have closed for good and they expect 50% by end of year.

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:17 pm 
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Most are slowly reopening (some never closed and did "take out" and delivery service) but with limited staff, limited seating, and limited hours.

For example, Passions is only open Thursday - Sunday right now but they added breakfast to their menu (dinner with tables in the sand - lunch and breakfast on their new deck next to the bar.)

Taste of Belgium has closed permanently. Some are not open yet (Chalet Suisse and Screaming Eagle are shooting for sometime in Nov.)

But all things considered, the majority are hanging in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:23 pm 
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Many have added some "cost cutting" measures - for example, most of the Gianni's group of restaurants (which we frequent) don't turn on the air conditioning in their restaurants except on the weekends, which is probably a huge savings for them in electricity.

But yes, lots of them are trying to be "agile" and very quickly turned to take out and delivery to keep at least some income coming in. Especially during the "shelter at home" orders, this was really convenient, as you can imagine.


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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants
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Most of the restaurants we went to were fairly full, although of course tables had been removed. I will post a trip report and restaurant reviews this week. Was really disappointed that Chalet Suisse was closed, it's one of my favorites. I heard a rumor that it may be closed permanently. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants
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Teri wrote:
Most of the restaurants we went to were fairly full, although of course tables had been removed. I will post a trip report and restaurant reviews this week. Was really disappointed that Chalet Suisse was closed, it's one of my favorites. I heard a rumor that it may be closed permanently. :cry:


Chalet Suisse is looking at reopening some time in November.

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