The Wall Street Journal
quoted Charlotte partner
Brad Austin in
March 16, 2020,
story about the impact the coronavirus epidemic is having on the U.S.
The article focuses on the decision by McDonald’s Corp. to close dining
rooms at its company-owned restaurants and ask franchisees to follow suit.
Even before the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants were struggling to
attract diners because of increased competition and new options such as
meal kits and takeout from grocery stores, the article noted.
Austin, leader of McGuireWoods’
food and beverage industry team, said independent restaurants are even more vulnerable than chains when it
comes to dealing with the pandemic’s impact.
“They feel the effect first because there are few, if any, reserves to
absorb a disruption,” he said.