Bar Rescue host and long-time service industry guru, Jon Taffer did an interview this past week with Channel 6 News in Albany (who cares) and gave his thoughts on what both life and the bar/restaurant industry will look like once everything settles down from this ‘Roner Virus outbreak. The big takeaway, Taffer thinks this is going to change life as we know it.
Taffer predicts that social distancing will become a way of life after the crisis, especially when people are enjoying a night out. This will likely mean that bars will have to prepare for fewer customers. Ultimately, this will lead to bars closing and Taffer thinks that ~40% of all bars and restaurants across America are gonna be lost in all of this.
Taffer also said in his interview that sporting events/concerts and how many people attend said sporting events/concerts will be significantly limited when all is said and done and that it may ruin live sports and music as we know it.
Now, let me break this down a little bit. I completely agree with Taffer on the fact that bars and restaurants may change their set up a bit and that a good chunk of people may improve how frequently they wash their filthy little hands. But I’m also here to tell you that if there’s one thing I know in this life, it’s that people are animals.
I don’t even mean this to be super negative, it’s just a fact! People are filthy animals. I can’t tell you how many people I see all over the internet now who are still like, “Screw it, until the numbers say this is worse than the flu, I ain’t changing shit!” and I hate to break it to you, that’s a lot of people!
Now listen, I think it’s a great thought by Taffer, but people are going to STORM the bars and sporting events and concerts like NO OTHER when this thing lets out. People did the same shit with the Spanish Flu. I know people say, “there’s no comparison between them.” Well, maybe not for the disease itself, but people’s behaviors won’t change. People are going to flood into Around The Corner in Lakewood and literally chant the words, “F*ck Social Distancing!”
People ain’t changing any time soon. Don’t believe me? Let me put it to you this way. There’s a gas station directly next to my girlfriend’s apartment. I go there literally every time I’m by her place. The clerk of that gas station goes out and smokes a cigarette 5 feet away from the gas pumps. It is known world wide that gasoline is super flammable and this lady is still ripping Newports nexts to Karen and her 3 kids in a minivan pumping 87-regular. SHE COULDN’T EVEN PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH A CLEAR DEATH THAT WAS 5 FEET IN FRONT OF HER! You think she’s about to not go to a bar because the ‘Roner? Yeah, no way pal.
Cheers to Taffer though, he’s the man. He may be wrong about this, but I cannot wait for the episodes of Bar Rescue next year where he walks into a failing bar and yells, “YOU GOTTA PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING HERE! YOU’RE A F*CKING FAILURE AND THAT’S WHY YOUR BAR IS FAILING!”
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