As a restaurateur, Philippe Etchebest is very concerned for his colleagues. While some were already “on the brink” before the health crisis, he feared that many of them would dive definitively after confinement.
If he lives ” very good “His confinement, with his family and surrounded by animals on his farm in the Dordogne, Philippe Etchebest nonetheless extremely worried. The juror of Top chef spoke on Wednesday April 8 on Sud Radio and gave his very pessimistic vision of the future for restaurateurs. When the presenter Valerie Expert recalled that “ 35% of restaurants “Could close permanently by the end of containment, Philippe Etchebest confirmed. “ The situation of restaurateurs in France, and even of all traders, was already limited given the social movements that we suffered during a year. It was very, very difficult. Many were on the brink, there it is good they will dive! It’s obvious: it’s going to be catastrophic, he predicted. The next is going to be extremely difficult. We will have to fight and work a lot. At least for those who will still have a job by then.
Philippe Etchebest feared for restaurant workers
The terrible economic situation risks leave workers on the floor : “ Employees will be impacted by what will happen. There are going to be a lot of layoffs, so don’t be fooled. Companies go bankrupt, assured Philippe Etchebest. If there is no longer a company, there are no more employees. “In order to plan the takeover, the chief regularly contacts a colleague for whom the confinement has been completed: Paul Pairet, based in Shanghai in China. ” Today, the largest of its breweries runs at 50% and the other brewery runs at 10%. It’s a recovery that is extremely slow, I think there is a trauma that will be very present, explained Philippe Etchebest. People, perhaps, will be afraid to go out. And I think that we, the restaurateurs, will be the last places to be reopened after the containment. “If he recognizes that” Chinese mentality is not the same as French mentality “, the chief remains very worried : “ People are not going to rush to restaurants, I don’t really believe it, he said. I don’t know how we can get over this. He, in any case, will fight as much as he can to get out of this economic crisis which adds to sanitation.