Restaurants In Suburbs And Staycation Destinations Recovering More Strongly Than Those In Dublin City, According To New Data
Food businesses in the suburbs and staycation destinations are recovering much more strongly than those in Dublin city, according to new data from food ordering service Unify Ordering.
As reported by The Irish Independent, average order volume in all areas across the country increased by 48.3% when outdoor hospitality services resumed in June, according to the new data compiled by Unify Ordering, which is an online platform that allows chefs to order from a range of different suppliers for their kitchens.
Unify Ordering's data reportedly indicated that volumes stayed relatively static in Dublin city centre, with the major increases coming from outside of the city.
Orders from Dublin suburbs such as Dún Laoghaire, Sandymount, Bray, Terenure, Rathgar, Malahide, Sandycove and Monkstown reportedly increased by 12.6% on average while orders from outside of Dublin have reportedly grew by 23% after outdoor hospitality services resumed in June.
Unify Ordering has reportedly seen particularly strong orders from restaurants in the south-east, with orders in Wexford reportedly growing by over 70%, and the south-west has reportedly also grown strongly but the west reportedly has not performed as well.
Unify Ordering Co-Founder And CEO Statements
Unify Ordering co-founder and CEO Barry McNerney reportedly said that it will be some time before it ill be clear whether the city centre slump is temporary or if restaurants and cafés in the heart of the capital are facing a long-term slump.
McNerney reportedly said, "Areas that were most reliant on overseas tourists are the ones that have suffered the worst. I think the government supports have created a safety net but I would expect that after they are removed that you will see a lot of places closing down."
McNerney reportedly said that because there is a difficulty getting staff, some restaurants are using government subsidies to pay over the odds for kitchen workers.
McNerney reportedly said, "People have chosen to remain local even after restrictions eased.
"Perhaps one of the longer-term trends seen is that of the movement and re-distribution of people from centralised areas to non-centralised, from urban to rural and urban to suburban. Establishments on the outskirts of Dublin city, in smaller towns and suburbs, have seen an increase in customers and sales."
McNerney reportedly said that the data indicates a lot more vibrancy in suburban areas but that it is difficult to tell for now whether that is a temporary phenomenon and whether things will return to more normal patterns once the summer holidays have ended and remaining COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions are lifted.
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