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CORONAVIRUS: Boca Raton, Delray Beach Restaurants Open, But Is Anyone Going?

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[One is the loneliest number. Takeout remains big, but there is apparently little demand for eating-in across Boca Raton and Delray Beach. This was the scene at Burger Fi on Atlantic near the Florida Turnpike Tuesday evening (May 12, 2020).]

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A 25-percent off promotion and lots of email advertising did little to fill the BurgerFI on Atlantic Avenue near the Florida Turnpike on Tuesday evening. Once a hotspot on “kids eat free” night, only one person sat in the restaurant.

This is the scene across South Palm Beach County, as restaurants open to anything but waiting crowds.

While the takeout business remains brisk for those restaurant owners who figured out how to successfully alter their business model, the “eat in” model may not return anytime soon.

Burger Fi May 12 2020
[The lights are on but pretty much no one is home — at least for eating in house — at the Burger FI on Atlantic near the Florida Turnpike on May 12th, 2020].

Palm Beach County’s move to “Phase One” reopening on Monday gave restaurateurs the ability to welcome in customers — provided they fill no more than 25 of their establishment. That seems unlikely to be a problem.

At Lucky Palace on 441 in Boca Raton, the phone doesn’t stop ringing from 4 p.m. on.

“Lucky Palace, please hold. Lucky Palace, please hold. Lucky Palace, please hold.”

A walk in the front door at Lucky Palace shows tables set up with waiting takeout orders. No one is eating inside.

A spot check of restaurants across the area reveals similar scenes. Takeout remains big — eating in, not so much.

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