In our We’re Open segment, we’re highlighting local companies that are up and running. Today we’re at CityPlace Doral where over a dozen stores and restaurants are implementing new ways of operating to stay afloat.
“If you want to be a successful business, you need to learn how to grow and adapt,” said Alex Rudolph, partner and Vice President of development for TapCo Restaurant Group.
And that’s exactly what the team at Tap42 has done since the pandemic hit. Temperature checks, hand sanitizer stations, spaced out tables, virtual menus and “family meal bundles to go” are just a few ways the eatery is adjusting to the new normal.
“We had to get really creative throughout the last six-eight months. The family bundle will get you one appetizer, two full size entrees and a dessert for $54,” said Alex.
CityPlace Doral is allowing stores and restaurants to use extra mall space to add more seating for customers, something new for both landlords and tenants.
“Customarily, each restaurant who has access to outdoor seating has a certain amount of seating per permitting on their lease. Because of COVID, both the city and ourselves has allowed them to expand the seating capacity to make up for the lost seating in the interior of the restaurant,” said Mauro Olivieri, CityPlace Doral General Manager.
“Since adding these outside tables we’re probably close to 70%, which has been good. It’s obviously not 100% but we’ve been able to make it work. You have to adjust accordingly in a business so you learn, grow and adapt. Hopefully we’ll get through all of this soon,” said Alex.
And CityPlace Doral is offering two hour parking for free so customers don’t have to rush while they’re out here supporting local.
Tap42 is opening their eighth location in Davie.
“As far as trying to finalize our floor plan, you have to take COVID into account. I think people feel safer with more spacing but we’re also firm believers that hopefully once this passes, people are going to go back to living their lives. We’re confident that they’re always going to continue to dine out the same way as they are now,” said Alex.
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