For Jamie Bomova and her fellow owners of The Avenue restaurant in Berlin, the summer of 2020 was selected as the time to renovate more than a year ago.
With the coronavirus pandemic now changing the way restaurants do business, The Avenue was in some ways more prepared and better suited to serve customers now with more space and a new takeout window. Other updates include a completely remodeled kitchen and more storage space.
“We already had plans from last year to close for this summer to completely demolish our kitchen and rebuild it from the ground up,” Bomova said. “We have a new, pretty much state of the art kitchen coming in, stainless steel, better ventilation; we will now be handicap accessible.”
The renovation all comes with the goal of offering a better product to its customers. Not only will they be able to serve more customers with more space a bigger kitchen, but the kitchen and added freezer and refrigerator space will allow them to expand the menu and offer a wider variety of dishes. Additionally, the new takeout window will add to the restaurant’s successful to-go business while also accommodating the previously unforeseen circumstances of quarantining and social distancing.
“We’ve always pushed takeout, but now we’ll have our own separate takeout section,” Bomova said. “Customers that don’t want to come in can simply come in to a takeout window, get their food and get on with [their day].”
The majority of the structural work on the outside is done so now the construction team is working to finish the inside so the restaurant can bring in furniture and appliances. Bomova expects to be able to start moving items inside in approximately four or five weeks, but does not want to give a date at this time for when the project will be finished or when the restaurant will reopen.