How One Restaurant is Serving Up Clean Air and Delicious Eats
People and businesses alike have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one industry among those hit the hardest is restaurants. Many have been forced to close their doors permanently, while those that have been able to reopen have been hit with capacity limits or curfews or have been forced to pivot with a greater emphasis on ‘takeout.’
On top of state regulations, restaurants are also dealing with the reality that not everyone feels comfortable eating inside a restaurant right now. When choosing a restaurant for dine-in or supporting a local business with takeout, people look for precautions taken by restaurants, including adequate distancing between tables, disposable dishware, and air purification. Diners want to know that, when they walk into or sit inside at a restaurant, measures are being taken to help mitigate the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.
Like many restaurants, BuenoMalo, a southern-California style Mexican restaurant in Andover, Massachusetts, had to temporarily close its doors in March. When they were able to reopen a month later, owner Franco Lozano III decided that it was best for everyone if they only offered takeout. Once the weather started to get warmer, his patrons began to ask when the restaurant would be open for indoor dining again. At first, Franco wasn’t sure if he wanted to go down that road and was concerned about the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission indoors. However, with so many customers expressing interest, Franco started to look into ways to improve air quality and surface cleanliness in the dining room—not just for guests but for himself and his staff.
To start, he followed all recommended guidelines—arranging tables six feet apart, requiring staff and patrons to wear face masks, adding plexiglass barriers between tables, and increasing sanitation. Despite these changes, Franco still thought there was more to be done, especially when it came to improving indoor air quality.
Franco looked at various air purifiers before deciding that the Celios G200 Advanced Air Purifier was the best choice for his restaurant. Specifically, Franco was impressed that the G200 is up to 3,000 times more efficient than HEPA standard filters and captures particles up to 30 times smaller. It is also effective at capturing the SARS-CoV-2 virus (1).
Franco has noticed a difference in his diners since adding the G200 air purifiers. According to him, the optics of physically having an air purifier has really helped his business. It’s one of the first things people see when they enter the dining room, and they want to learn more about it. Not only that, but people have commented on how nice it is to have them in the restaurant near where they’re eating.
Deciding to introduce an air purifier to his restaurant was largely to have cleaner air in the restaurant, but another part of it was for the comfort of his diners. Franco believes it gives diners peace of mind to see the restaurant employ measures to purify the air. He also believes that, for now, until things get back to a new “normal,” people expect to see this type of technology in places where dine-in is allowed.
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