New York (CNN Business)Restaurants are starting to open their doors again as states ease pandemic-related regulations. But it’s far from business as usual. In addition to following new social distancing and hygiene rules, restaurants have to figure out how to get customers in the door. Understanding what consumers are looking for right now will help. Enter Tanya Spaulding, principal at Shea Inc., a full-service restaurant design firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She shared her tips with CNN Business on what will bring customers back in the pandemic era. Among the solutions: bright lights and clearing the clutter to make restaurants feel more open. The following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Read More The importance of decluttering Tables are seen set 6 feet apart at Galatoire’s Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. CNN Business: Are there certain safety measures that [customers are] keeping an eye out for? TS: All consumers are keeping an eye out for restaurants being responsible. So what we’ve been doing is working with a lot of our restaurant clients to do the basics — number one, just clean. I mean, literally clean everything. Remove clutter. Remove unnecessary décor. Remove things from your tabletop. That’s the… Read full this story
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