Reston, VA

Clyde’s Restaurant Group is preparing for a new dining experience fit for a COVID-19 world.

According to the Washington Business Journal, the company is partnering with Lion’s Wood Banquet Furniture to install different acrylic diverse to separate bar and booth seating for dining.

Here’s more from WBJ on the project:

Clyde’s, which typically generates around $135 million in annual revenue, has experienced a 90% decline in sales since social distancing and stay-at-home orders went into effect. It has furloughed 1,700 employees, or about 90% of its workforce.

“Within the industry, it’s restaurants like us that are getting proportionally hit the worst,” McDonnell said. “To do a little bit of carryout business, you don’t have 15,000-square-foot restaurants. You have a tiny, little place with a counter.”

The company purchased 15,000 square feet of plexiglass earlier this month, according to the report. The move could allow the restaurant to fill all of its booths instead of spacing out with every other booth.

Clyde’s in Reston Town Center (11905 Market Street) is currently open for takeout only. The company has not yet announced how it plans to resume business after phase one of the reopening in Virginia begins in late May.

Photo by R. Dawson/Flickr

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