June 13, 2021
Business

Fast-food chains expect a gradual return of dine-in business

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

Full-service restaurants around the country have been opening dining rooms as COVID-19 infections decrease and more people are vaccinated.

Quick-service restaurants haven’t been so fast. But that is changing, and the nation’s biggest restaurant chain by sales expects to keep opening more dining rooms over the summer.

Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s CEO, said on Thursday that he expects his chain to open more dining rooms over the next several months.

“We’re certainly working and looking at local changes as those are being announced and more people get vaccinated,” he said at the company’s annual meeting. “I’m confident that over the next several months we’re going to be able to start opening up more and more of our dining rooms.”

To be sure, other chains have been quicker to reopen their dining rooms. Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor told…

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