Delivery-Focused Eateries on the Rise Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

      April 07, 2021 10:33

      Despite the prolonged coronavirus epidemic, the number of new restaurants in Seoul increased in the first two months of this year.

      The increase is attributed to a rise in the number of small eateries mainly focusing on delivery or takeouts, as people shun crowded places like restaurants amid the epidemic.

      According to an analysis of data released by the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on Tuesday, 1,350 new restaurants opened in Seoul in January and February, up from 1,261 during the same period last year.

      The figure for the period is the highest since 1,570 in 2000 and 1,445 in 2002.


      By location, some 158 new restaurants opened in Yeongdeungpo, followed by Mapo with 146, Gangseo with 124, Seongdong with 99 and Eunpyeong with 77.

      These districts are mostly residential areas, suggesting that mom-and-pop eateries in residential neighborhoods are faring relatively well, while major commercial districts and downtown shopping areas like Itaewon and Myeong-dong continue to struggle.

      Meanwhile, the number of restaurant closures decreased. Some 940 restaurants shut down in Seoul in January and February, down 10 percent on-year from 1,047.

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