MANCHESTER, N.H. — While some New Hampshire restaurants reopened earlier this week with outdoor seating only, others might never open again.
Some smaller restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good, while others still in business struggle to make any money.
Industry groups and restaurant owners said the break-even point for most is about 75% of capacity, and with outdoor seating only, most don't come close to that.
“There is no return on investment for shifting these operations outside, never mind the fact for over two months we've essentially been revenue-less,” Joe Faro, Tuscan Brands founder, said.
"We're certainly hearing about numbers of restaurants. We saw The Canoe was announced yesterday. Young’s Restaurant in Durham has gone out. There's been a handful in Portsmouth. We're hearing of some in the Monadnock Region. It's been challenging and certainly will continue to get worse,” Mike Somers, president of the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association, said.
Association officials said the governor's recently announced $400 million Main Street Relief Fund to help state businesses won't be enough and the industry needs to get back to indoor dining as soon as possible.
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