Deliveries and takeout, what does the future look like for MD restaurants?

SALISBURY, MD – As restrictions begin to lift for restaurants across the Eastern Shore, business owners tell 47 ABC they’re getting used to a new normal for the food industry.

“Every other booth is blocked off with some kind of caution tape. Sitting at the bar there’s a 6-foot space in between people,” said Market Street Inn owner Rob Mulford.

In order to stay afloat, many restaurants shifted to offering delivery and to-go services for food and alcohol to rake in more sales.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in our sales, for to go and delivery once we went live at Now we’re doing about 85% of the to-go and delivery online ordering,” said General Manager of Mogan’s Oyster House, Brad Mogan.

But the question now is, will these trends of delivery and to-go services that restaurants needed to survive, stick around for the future? Now that customers are able to dine inside of some of their favorite places.

“I think that will remain part of our model moving forward it’s definitely great supplementary income. Also, we are really expanding into doing a lot of catering. You know corporate catering, office catering pharmaceuticals things like that are going to be a big part of our new model,” said Mogan.

But other business owners say that while they’re not a huge fan of deliveries, they’ll keep these services around for now, but hopefully not for long.

“We will always embrace the to-go business and the deliveries are going to have to be worked into our website. that’s going to be a part of the survival to make it work,” said Mulford.

If you’re interested in delivery or catering options from Mogan’s Oyster House, just head on over to their website here where you can find all the information you need to know. As for Market Street Inn, their new hours will be 3 PM to 9 PM Monday through Wednesday and 3 PM to 10 PM Thursday through Saturday. For more information on their menu and takeout options, you can head to their website here.

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