After the ending of the severe winter storms, sales to the foodservice purveyors that serve New York’s restaurants are increasing, said Alfie Badalamenti, vice president of Coosemans New York Inc.
The constant barrage of snow, ice and extreme cold weather stalled business, he said.
The spring holidays as well as events including school graduations and Mother’s Day are helping lift sales, Badalamenti said.
“Business is picking up and the weather is much better,” he said in mid-May. “The city is getting busier, and demand is much better. The restaurants are busier, and foodservice purveyors are buying more.”
Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., said he goes out to restaurants all the time and sees strong activity.
Restaurants not hurting
“The restaurants are certainly not hurting,” D’Arrigo said. “In 2008 and 2009, the restaurant business took a pretty big hit. I can almost say they’re recovered. Maybe they’re not back to where they were, but you don’t really hear that much lately about the restaurants and their troubles covering themselves.”
A series of snowstorms and ice discouraged people from leaving their homes and patronizing restaurants, making the year a challenging one for restaurants, said Mike Cochran, sales manager and vice president of Robert T. Cochran & Co. Inc., New York.
“Restaurant sales have been pretty good but the snowstorms really affected their business,” he said.
“People aren’t going to go out and drive if they don’t have to. Their sales have been decent otherwise.”