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Dublin Restaurant Had 18 No-Shows On Friday After Re-Opening

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02:19 5 Dec 2020


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The Restaurants Association of Ireland says no-shows continue to be 'soul destroying' to the sector.

One Dublin City Centre outlet had 18 people book and confirm a table yesterday, only to never arrive.

It has a total of 54 seats, so about a third of those were unoccupied.

Friday was the first time indoor dining has been allowed, as Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Restaurants Association Says This Is 'Soul Destroying'

RAI Chief Executive Adrian Cummins says restaurant owners can't afford to keep tables empty:

"Diners booking restaurants and not showing up, it's soul destroying for these businesses."

"They're economically flattened at the moment, trying to save their business."

"Every customer that books a seat and doesn't show up is effectively lost revenue."

"It's money gone from businesses at a time when they need every customer they can get to keep the business afloat."

Huge Pressure On The Industry

"If a business has a full restaurant with pre-bookings, and walk-ins arrive looking to be accommodated."

"Well obviously those that have made reservations will be the first priority."

"But when you have no-shows, people not turning up, that puts huge pressure on the industry."

"We have reduced capacity, have a limited time to trade in, everybody's just trying to do their best to keep the doors open."


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