Tool’s legendary frontman Maynard James Keenan was the latest interview guest of Revolver’s J. Bennett and talked about how his works were affected after the coronavirus outbreak.
As you might already know, Maynard has a huge wine company, and lots of workers are earning their life while working there. After the COVID-19 epidemic, lots of workers had to go to their homes to follow the social distancing rules.
While Maynard is talking that he has lost a huge amount of money during the process, he also unveiled the future of his restaurants and describe one of the important parts of his job as ‘devastating.’
Here is what he said:
“It’s a black hole of expense because we haven’t been able to stop — it’s business as usual in the vineyards. We’re making sure we’re keeping distance from each other, but the work still has to go on if we’re gonna have fruit in August and September. But as far as the tasting rooms, it’s been pretty devastating.
I think we’re gonna see a lot of small producers and small restaurants that can’t handle it. The suggestion from some of the governors has been to operate at 50 percent of your capacity to maintain social distancing. But most restaurants operate on a five percent margin, so that’s impossible.”
“It seems that like a lot of restaurants are going to go out of business before this thing is over?”
“Yeah. Last time I checked, anytime you’re looking to buy or lease a space, it’s based on square footage. Then you model your business around the square footage that you have and you maximize every single square foot. Now you’re paying the same amount of money but you have to use half of it? In a place like New York City, you’re dead — you’re done.
Nobody can withstand that, so I can completely understand the push to get things reopened. But it still feels like we’re kind of in the dark. We don’t really know what’s real and what isn’t. It’s a strange age.”
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