Currently, about 60 % of the restaurateurs rate the situation as average to very bad. Nevertheless, the sector is looking to the future with moti-vation. Planning is made more difficult by the search for suitable and qualified staff (71 %) and dealings with authorities (52 %).
Another problem in the eyes of many restaurateurs is the allocation of locations. A large part of the respondents criticise that the rents for at-tractive locations are too high (46 %). The non-transparent allocation process “under the table” is also a problem for restaurateurs (43 %). The active promotion by policymakers of targeted mixed use and repur-posing of spaces on the part of tenants can remedy the situation in or-der to also offer attractive locations to small restaurant businesses. It is the owner-operated, small restaurants and cafés particularly that bring a city centre to life. Furthermore, a municipal platform for the alloca-tion of restaurant spaces can provide transparency about the local real estate market.
Location and district development as important factors for the future
Cleanliness and ambience (69 %), number of potential customers in the catchment area (68 %) as well as public transport connections (66 %) and good accessibility for suppliers (63 %) – the general conditions of the area play an important role in the choice of a location. That is why policymakers are called upon to create diverse mobility concepts for visitors and to promote the urban ambience. This requires clean pedes-trian zones, intact buildings and facades, sufficient green spaces and more liveliness in the city centres. In order to offer young and innovative projects in particular a chance in city centres, but also to support the exchange between businesses and the authorities, a municipal commissioner responsible for the restaurant industry can help. For 61 % of the respondents, simple legal framework conditions and approval procedures are very important. Acting as an interface between restaurant businesses and policymakers, constant dialogue can be ensured, administration and authorities are supported and, at the same time, mediation is provided for new businesses and when networking within the urban community.