Some Fast Food Chains like Burger King and Popeyes Are Beginning to Re-open Dining Rooms


By Cooking Panda

It is no longer news that a lot of fast-food restaurants had to close their dining rooms due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in the U.S. Many states are now gradually easing their lockdown restrictions and some fast food giants like Burger King, Popeyes, and many others are re-opening some of their dining rooms.


SALINAS, CA/USA – JUNE 1, 2014: Burger King restaurant exterior. Burger King is chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered the United States.


The CEO of Restaurant Brands International – owners of Popeyes, Tim Hortons, and Burger King, in a post released this week, said, the brand would re-open some dining rooms of its restaurant chains in the U.S while complying with the rules and regulations set by local authorities. According to Business Insider, about 1,000 dining rooms are expected to re-open. 

The letter further highlighted the measures the brand is taking to ensure the safety of its customers like provision of hand sanitizers, maintenance of social distancing in the dining rooms, and elimination of condiments and soda fountains. 

McDonald’s followed suit and has started opening some of its dining rooms in locations where local and state restrictions have been lifted. Social distancing and other safety measures that all branches must adhere to before they can re-open have also been put in place.

These changes are not happening in the fast-food business alone. Restaurant chains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden are re-opening some of their dining rooms in locations where they are permitted, while of course practicing social distancing.

Chick-fil-A is yet to re-open any of its dining rooms, despite the ease of restrictions in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, according to Restaurant Business Online, Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor said that the chain is “in no rush to reopen our dining rooms.” 

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