Why NYC Restaurant Owners Need to Consider Self-Storage During COVID-19

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TI Storage
June 15th, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has been a very difficult time for New York City’s businesses, particularly for the city’s diverse restaurants. The social distancing measures required to reduce the spread of COVID-19 meant restaurants were forced to close their doors until the Stay At Home orders got lifted. In a city renowned for its amazingly diverse dining options, the pandemic and lockdown forced many restaurants to get creative and rely on takeout and delivery orders until they can reopen. Online orders for people staying home have allowed restaurants to remain operating until they can once again provide a sit-down service. As NYC continues to cope with the impact of COVID-19, restaurants in NYC and New Jersey have benefited from renting self-storage units to store a host of business items in a safe place. Whether your restaurant is closed until the lockdown orders get lifted, operating solely for takeout orders, or preparing for a reopening, self-storage units offer solid benefits to your business now and long after the Stay At Home orders have been lifted.

How Can Self-Storage Help Your Restaurant Today?

These are definitely challenging times for NYC’s restaurant industry. While some places are closed down, others remain open to provide takeout and delivery, and still others are preparing to reopen at a reduced capacity when the lockdown ends, arranging their dining areas in a way that complies with social distancing. In each case, restaurants can benefit by using self-storage to help meet their changing needs.

Security Protection

Restaurants that are closed have faced the additional problem of becoming vulnerable to break-ins. There have been reports in New York and Connecticut of restaurants that have been broken into by people stealing food and alcohol. Depending on their location, their buildings have become tempting targets for burglars as the streets have become quiet and deserted, and thieves have eyed everything from well-stocked liquor cabinets to office equipment like iPads. Some businesses are also becoming targets of looting in a time of civil unrest.The best way to protect valuables is to put them in self-storage. At Treasure Island Storage, our facilities are equipped with the most advanced security measures, including video surveillance, restricted access, and enhanced indoor and outdoor lighting. Our units are also climate-controlled, so anything you bring here that’s sensitive to summer heat and humidity or cold, dry winters is also protected. Our units offer a safe place for valuable items until your business is ready to fully reopen. That can include:
  • Wines and other liquor
  • Spices
  • Perishables that don’t need to be refrigerated
  • Canned goods
  • Office electronics and other equipment

Restaurants Offering Takeout

Restaurants that remain open for takeout orders can definitely benefit from self-storage, particularly as they may need to stock up on supplies for their most popular menu items. At Treasure Island Storage, we have units of different sizes, so you can easily stock up on any excess inventory that you need stored until you’re ready to use it. Our units can be leased on both a short and long-term basis, and you have instant access 24/7 to whatever is stored with us.

Restaurants Reopening at Limited Capacity

If you’re planning to reopen your restaurant but at a lower seating capacity to follow social distancing guidelines, you may want to store furniture and other items in one of our storage units.If you’re initially seating fewer people, you may want to remove some tables and chairs from the dining area so you can keep the remaining tables further apart from one another. And you may also want to open up other sections of your restaurant for dining and remove items like file cabinets, seasonal furniture or decorations, or other items that are taking up needed space. All of those items can be safely and conveniently stored with us at Treasure Island Storage.

Restaurant and Catering Service Storage Units in NYC

If you have a restaurant or catering service business in New York City or in the New Jersey metro areas, Treasure Island Storage is ready to assist you during the COVID-19 shutdown period. Our storage units meet your commercial storage needs, and we clean and sanitize our buildings on a daily basis.We offer free pick up services, climate-controlled units, and the best in security. Treasure Island Storage has more than a decade of experience in the commercial storage business, so we know how to take proper care of all your restaurant and business belongings.Call 212-804-8972 or complete our contact form for more information.


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