FAST FIVE: US Beach Towns Fear Collapse As Summer Of Pandemic Causes Havoc
…on the beach off Garfield Parkway (beach entrance – south).
Capacity has doubled to 60% in July; the recovery, however, is anything but smooth. The reopening of eateries in Dewey has been rough. Gov.
John Carney had to shut down restaurants before July 4 holiday, one of the biggest revenue days of the year for businesses in the area, after tourists tested positive for COVID-19. The Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel said the average summer rate is $799 per night, has been dramatically reduced following a rash of cancellations. Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Hotel Alex Heidenberger, who co-owns Mango's eatery in Bethany, said he “cried” when the governor decided to shut restaurants ahead of July 4th weekend. Mango's eatery in Bethany Heidenberger said, “Mango's revenue fell by $300,000 in the weeks before and after July 4, accounting for the bulk of the $400,000 in losses the restaurant has sustained during the crisis.” “To take two steps back, that is the worst possible scenario,” said Heidenberger. During the good times, he said the restaurant made $200,000 per week in sales, and around $2 million in summer revenue. This summer, he said, Mango's sales have been halved.
Profitability at the restaurant has collapsed.
At the same time, he said, “This is all I know.