The COVID-19 pandemic has been oppressive to the restaurant industry. Of course, COVID-19 has had negative effects in a wide range of industries, but perhaps no area of the United States’ economy was as impacted by the virus as the restaurant field. While some restaurants have been able to weather the storm for the past year and a half thanks to delivery and curbside pickup options, many other restaurateurs are being forced to really take a hard look at their business.

There are a few different ways to approach running a restaurant while COVID-19 continues to run rampant in parts of the United States thanks to the Delta variant. For starters, you could decide to continue to focus on pickup, carryout, and delivery as your main modes of selling your menu items. Another option is to downsize your business and move locations. Moving can certainly be a hassle, especially if you’re struggling to find a new home for your business. That being said, with the following tips and tricks, you can focus on doing what’s right for your business, even if it means moving your possessions a long distance.

Find the right location.

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When it comes to moving your restaurant, the first thing you’ll need to do is find the ideal spot for you to set up shop again. Even if it means a long-distance move is in order, heading to a state that’s doing a great job of fighting the coronavirus can ensure that you’re able to focus on customer service and providing your customers with a great experience rather than wondering if case numbers are going to shut down your business again. For example, if you live in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in South Florida, you may be becoming increasingly concerned with the image that’s being painted of your state as case numbers continue to set records in the Florida area. As such, moving away from Florida can be a great way to be able to focus on your business rather than worry about overflow on your outdoor patio. Whether you’re moving to a place with more outdoor seating or just finding a larger storefront, the location has to come first.

Hire a professional mover.

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Once you’ve determined where you’re moving, it makes sense to use local movers with years of experience who take the hard work out of moving and do an amazing job. If you’re in Ft. Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, consider reaching out to a Fort Lauderdale mover who can give you a free quote. Once you get quotes from a few different movers in the Fort Lauderdale area, you can start to read up on each company’s online reviews. The companies that take great care during long-distance moves will likely have much better reviews online than other moving companies. This allows you to ensure that you have the best experience possible during your move, rather than have to worry about being nickel and dimed by the moving industry.

Pay it forward when possible.

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If there are some things that you aren’t planning on moving with your restaurant, don’t throw them away! Find ways to pay it forward whenever possible, whether that means collecting used cooking oil, vegetable oil, and other food waste in a bin for other companies to use for bio-diesel or just recycling your plasticware in the name of sustainability. If you have food in your pantry, refrigerators, and deep freeze, see about making a phone call to a local business or nonprofit that helps with food scarcity in your neighborhood rather than sending it to the landfill. All of this good karma will pay off when you open your new restaurant!