The COVID pandemic sent shockwaves through the restaurant industry back in March. Dining rooms shut down, sales plummeted, and restaurateurs moved quickly to pivot operations. Faced with these obstacles, several restaurants have risen to the challenge. The following 10 brands are navigating the pandemic with much success, whether it’s a rise in digital sales, menu innovation, or store development.
Edible Founder Tariq Farid wants to give other aspiring business owners an opportunity to join the Edible team even if they don’t have the financial means to do so, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. So the fresh fruit arrangement brand is launching a “Managed-To-Own” program in which candidates will pay a $30,000 initial fee and undergo an extensive, 90-day training program before taking over an Edible location. Between now and next year, Farid expects about 30 candidates to be in the program. The process, which he describes as selective, will focus on quality, not quantity. The new program comes as Edible continues a record-breaking year. The company announced that sales were up 18 percent for the first six months of 2020, with U.S. sales up 70 percent since April 1. Edible experienced its best April, May, and June in terms of sales.