My uncle Michelle owns a small take-out restaurant & when I say small, I mean it has one table, & barely enough room for more than nine people to sit comfortably in the lobby, but that space is just what she needs because she enjoys having a small staff, & she prefers the take-out restaurant model.
It worked well during the height of COVID when all of us went into quarantine.
Her supplier was not interrupted, in fact, she saw a extreme increase in her revenue. She also signed up for more food delivery services which boosted her revenues even further. Typically, I visit my aunt’s restaurant, perhaps more than 2 or several times per year. However, last year, I visited about several times because all of us had family in town during the course of the year. In the Summer, when I was in my aunt’s restaurant, I noticed that she had a kneeling fan in the lobby, & that’s when it occurred to myself and others that she didn’t use her central air all the time. I guess that it is a way to save some money as energy consumption is one of the highest costs when operating any business. At times, she kept the front door open to allow the flow of air, & during the slow area of the day, when the restaurant didn’t have a lot of clients, I understand why she would not run the air conditioner system. In the Winter, this wouldn’t be an issue because our Winters are relatively mild, however the Summer weeks can be so unforgiving. Perhaps I will propose to my uncle that she install a programmable control unit in her restaurant, so that she could set it based on the traffic that she gets during the day. It could perhaps save her some money, & it would be one less thing for her to think about.