By Anthony Assemat
It was in the air in recent years and the government finally decided on the spot. Since March 31, 2022, a decree published in Official newspaper a whistle the end for heated terraces, a system that allows restaurateurs to capture a clientele who enjoy good times on the terrace, even in cold weather. A long-planned measure since it was adopted on August 22, 2021 under the Climate and Resilience law.
A revised measure in Toulouse
At the time, Benjamin Serra, vice-president of the CPME of Haute-Garonne (Confederation of small and medium-sized enterprises) and manager of the company Prima Family in Toulouseregretted a “brutal implementation”.
“This is the least effective measure that has been adopted, because it only applies to terraces that are in public space. However, these public terraces only represent a minority of heated terraces. For some , this will be a shortfall but for others, it is their entire business that will collapse… Take an establishment that has 30 outdoor places and 30 indoor places, with this measure, it loses 50% of its capacity. Heating outdoor terraces may not make sense, but we needed to be given more time, five or six years, to change habits and find alternatives”.
Loan of fur coats
In this context, restaurateurs are looking for alternatives. This is the case of the Petit Salin. The brewery, run by Pauline Mazzolo and Guillaume Labai, as a couple at work and in life, opened on October 17, 2022. If the month of October was still likened to the Indian summer, with warm temperatures for the season, the cold has made (a little) its appearance in the Pink City since mid-November. And with it, the return of the problem of welcoming customers outside…
For this, the young couple, who only have a terrace that is three-quarters closed with plexiglass, came up with an idea. Admittedly, not revolutionary, but enough to attract people who don’t want to cram inside.
“We bought about 50 fur coats and large sizes so that they could cover a large part of the body and put on a coat. We installed coat racks at the entrance for this purpose. So the people will have a choice when settling down”.
A “cocooning space”
The managers of the establishment took the opportunity to add plaids and sprinkle a few candles here and there “to make it a real cocooning space”, continue the young lady.
The simplest ideas are often the best, they say. Common sense, it has been said in recent months, is the best way to solve problems. See you at the end of winter 2022-2023 for a first assessment of the Petit Salin side! And perhaps give ideas to their colleagues in Toulouse…
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