Restaurants preparing for students’ return, maintaining social distancing

first_imgNo matter what students choose, though, Kelley says he works with a lot of locally owned restaurants to help keep the economy going within the Binghamton area. (WBNG) — With students expected to return to the area soon and ready to eat, restaurants have to make sure the increase in customers doesn’t cause crowding. Meanwhile, founder of BingBite, Andy Kelley, says his business could see a real positive outlook with the students’ return and potentially more staying home rather than going out. He says while it’s exciting to have students back, it can be a struggle to maintain the social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. “Definitely difficult,” said Yezzi. “We want to be busy, we want people here. Obviously, with everything going on, we can only have a limited capacity of people inside and there’s only so much we can fit outside here.”center_img Dos Rios and the Colonial in downtown Binghamton usually see a high volume of students every year, especially for its late-night bar options. They say with the school year starting soon, they expect to see a good amount of their customers return. “They bring a lot to the economy downtown, especially to a couple of our restaurants here,” said General Manager, Marc Yezzi. “Every year when the students come in, over the course of the year, we see an increase of about six to 10 percent in business and that’s a lot considering the population,” said Kelley.last_img read more