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Casual Restaurants Fair Better Than Fast Food, Fine Dining In Restaurants Reopening Survey

Diners enjoy brunch Sunday at J. Alexander's at the St. Johns Town Center.
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Diners enjoy brunch Sunday at J. Alexander's at the St. Johns Town Center.

As stay-at-home orders are lifted, many diners in Florida are waiting a bit to see how things go before determining if they feel safe returning to restaurants, according to a recent dining survey.

The Consumer Restaurant Survey was conducted by North and Central Florida Score chapters, which includes Jacksonville.  

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Twenty-five hundred people took the survey during the last week of April.  More than half said they will return to casual dining - like a Chili’s or Metro Diner - within a month.  But only a third say they will return to fast food or fine dining that quickly.

Derrick Smith with Score Jacksonville said consumers want one-use menus and all employees in masks and gloves, which he said are “very tangible things that consumers would see that would give them confidence that restaurateurs are being very attentive to sanitation practices.”

He said the most important action restaurants can take is to demonstrate that continual cleaning is taking place.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.