After the revenge voyages, the Indians indulge in revenge dinner with the best restaurants registering housefuls not only on weekends but also on weekdays. Even though the jury is out on when the third wave of COVID-19 will strike, it looks like Indians are making hay while the sun is shining.
Delhi, Calcutta and Hyderabad showed the maximum recovery among metros, with Delhi and Calcutta operating at nearly double February 2021 levels ahead of the devastating second wave of COVID.
A report by the food and beverage technology platform Dineout added that small towns show more than double the revenge when it comes to resuming dining out. The report says Jaipur and Ludhiana have shown maximum recovery and are operating at more than double the levels of February 2021.
The report also found that the average value of restaurant orders in July-August increased 20 percent from February, with smaller towns like Agra (24 percent), Indore (29 percent) and Ludhiana (35 percent) with the largest increase in restaurant order value.
He says this is “because of the rise of luxury establishments and fine dining in small towns, and a significant number of professionals now work in their hometowns and spend a lot on dining out.”
Attributing the revenge meals to higher disposable income due to working from home, the report says luxury restaurants across India have grown by up to 120% and fine restaurants by 105%, and the average number number of diners per reservation has also increased.
Many corporate offices have already started operating at full capacity, leading to an increase in the lunchtime rush to restaurants. According to the report, 39% of bookings were for lunch times in August this year, up from 27% in February.
Hyderabad (50%) and Chennai (45%) saw peak activity during lunchtime, while Bangalore saw an increase in lunchtime bookings from 24% in February to over 44% in August due to the persistent 9 p.m. curfew.
Preference for vaccinated restaurants
Fortunately, consumers are also doing their homework when it comes to locating in fully vaccinated restaurants where the kitchen and service staff are vaccinated.
Out of 50,000 outlets in 20 cities listed on Dineout, around 67% of outlets have fully vaccinated staff.
Interestingly, these outlets contributed 72% of the total activity in August of this year, with Ludhiana, Kolkata, Jaipur, Lucknow, Delhi and Bangalore showing the highest percentage of restaurants in outlets. vaccinated.
âIt’s understandable that millions of people are now flocking to their favorite restaurants as the COVID-19 health advisory is lifted and they can finally get out. At Dineout, we are confident that the first sanitation and hygiene measures, such as fully vaccinated staff and remote corporate offices, will reassure diners as we prepare to face this ‘new normal’, â Ankit Mehrotra, co-founder and CEO of Dineout, said in a statement.
Founded in 2012 by Ankit Mehrotra, Nikhil Bakshi, Sahil Jain and Vivek Kapoor, Dineout is a restaurant discovery and reservation platform handling more than 100 million diners and $ 900 million in transactions for its partner restaurants through its network of 50,000 restaurants in 20 cities. .