Adapt Or Die: How Ukrainian Restaurants Survive During A Pandemic

Kostiantyn Romashko, Manager of UkraineWorld, Deputy Director of Analytics at Internews Ukraine, has examined how Ukrainian restaurants survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit Ukraine’s restaurant industry severely. According to a report on the impact of COVID-19 on the leading sectors of the Ukrainian economy, every fourth restaurant has closed down since the start of quarantine measures. Even so, Ukrainian restaurants, bars, cafés are persevering by introducing new methods in their businesses.

The pandemic has hit restaurants business severely

The past several pre-pandemic years have been marked by a boom in the country’s restaurant industry, with numerous food outlets emerging in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. At the very beginning of 2020, just a month before the introduction of enhanced quarantine measures throughout the country, Olha Nasonova, an expert on the restaurant business, remarked upon the vast amount of food outlets in Kyiv, the level of competition in the sphere, while asking whether the capital even needed so many eateries. Moreover, in 2019, Ukraine ranked third among European countries in terms of its number of cafés opened.

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