Restaurant Leasing Post COVID

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  • RATIONAL USA
  • Simplot Frozen Avocado
  • AyrKing Mixstir
  • T&S Brass Eversteel Pre-Rinse Units
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • Inline Plastics Safe-T-Chef
  • RAK Porcelain
  • McKee Foodservice
  • BelGioioso Burrata
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I wrote this article on location 3 years ago stressing that the only fair leasing rate for the restaurateur was a percentage rent structure and using 7% as the benchmark. At the risk of telling I told you so, that % rent structure is the only restaurant lease deals that can be struck post Covid.

Furthermore, if they didn’t have that % rent deal pre-Covid they won’t survive the pandemic unless their landlords offered them significant rent relief (abatement not deferral) and without the burden and paying back rent from profits that are now years away if at all. It was always hard for even the experienced operators to make a profit if their all-in real estate, taxes and CAM charges exceeded more than 7% of their gross volume. The difference between pre and post Covid is that you can longer convince yourself, investors, bankers or even landlords that you can survive without the amount of unknowns currently associated with dining experience without a % rent deal.

Getting everything right is no longer a guarantee of success. Great, food, competitive pricing, impeccable service is now overshadowed by cleanliness and distance between tables and a staff whose friendly face you could count on is now hidden behind a mask.

Restaurants now have to radically adjust to the consumer’s ever changing comfort level of diners, which seems to change hourly in some cities, and could grow worse in the near future. How could anyone possibly staff, procure fresh produce under that environment against the backdrop of an inflated fixed rent based on rent per s.f. that was negotiated under a completely different leasing environment?

It just doesn’t work; it never really did. Restaurateurs working for the landlord was always overrated. If in fact “we are all in this together”, the only fair deal moving forward for every single restaurant is a % rent structure.

  • RATIONAL USA
  • Inline Plastics Safe-T-Chef
  • Simplot Frozen Avocado
  • T&S Brass Eversteel Pre-Rinse Units
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • AyrKing Mixstir
  • Day & Nite
  • Imperial Dade
  • McKee Foodservice
  • RAK Porcelain
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Day & Nite
  • McKee Foodservice
  • T&S Brass Eversteel Pre-Rinse Units
  • BelGioioso Burrata
  • Imperial Dade
  • RAK Porcelain
  • RATIONAL USA
  • AyrKing Mixstir
  • Inline Plastics Safe-T-Chef
  • DAVO Sales Tax
  • Simplot Frozen Avocado
Jeff Kravet is a Principal at Stamford, CT based Kravet Realty LLC. Kravet’s career has been highlighted by 20 years of creative selling and leasing in commercial real estate throughout CT. Kravet currently exclusively represents tenants including Enterprise Car and Truck Rental, Verizon Wireless franchisees with 37 locations. He closed well over $300,000,000 in investment sales; many of those transactions were “off market”. Jeff Kravet represents tenants everywhere throughout CT and NY. He can answer your real estate questions via phone at 203-430-7811 or via email at kravetjeff@gmail.com

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