Finding a place in a bar to have a drink after the pandemic will, in some cases, mean pre-using an app, as stores are looking for ways to make customers feel confident they can avoid lines and drink a certain distance away. .
Kind Regards and The Flatiron Room, in New York; The Roosevelt Room, in Austin; and At Garde Winery, in Sonoma, California, they are among the establishments that have signed up to contract a reservation service with OpenTable, reported the digital platform.
The coronavirus crisis has especially affected bars and restaurants as more and more people are eating and drinking at home to reduce the risk of contagion. As regions of the United States and other countries begin to reopen and consumers begin to dare to go out, meeting places seek to offer a safer experience.
“Wine bars and wineries must function differently as they reopen,” said Andrea Johnston, director of operations for the San Francisco-based OpenTable.
The Roosevelt Room, which dubbed its wormwood and lime juice cocktail served in a Topo Chico bottle of mineral water, “Death Valley,” is modifying its design and limiting the size of the groups in its booth armchairs, Justin said. Lavenue, co-owner and operator. “OpenTable is helping us adapt.”
While there have been wine cellars and some bars offering food on the platform before, OpenTable is now available to all beverage establishments worldwide, the company said in a statement.
OpenTable, founded in 1998, says it connects diners to more than 60,000 restaurants worldwide. The company, which was acquired in 2014 by travel website operator Booking Holdings, is active in more than 80 countries, according to its website.
“The opportunity to get out of this crisis will be greater than we could have imagined”, Steve Hafner, CEO of OpenTable and Kayak, which are part of Booking Holdings Inc., said in an interview.