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News & Views 3 minutes 01 July 2020

70% of the MICHELIN Starred Restaurants back open in Week 26

The MICHELIN Guide has developed an international barometer to facilitate analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on Michelin Starred restaurants.

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By creating this barometer, we want to take the pulse of global gastronomy in order to inform and build awareness of our ecosystem. We hope that this evidence will highlight a sector that radiates economically far beyond the doors of restaurants”, commented International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, Gwendal Poullennec, on May 19 when the barometer was issued.

Each week, the barometer will record the number of Michelin Starred restaurants which are open for dining inside and/or on their terraces and will present the information for 35 destinations. The integration of establishments is based on a specific criterion, as restaurants must demonstrate that they are open at least three days per week to be included. Every Tuesday evening, data from the previous week will be updated and a qualitative comment will analyse the situation. The barometer was launched in week 10 of 2020 (02/03 – 08/03).

The tool is designed to provide both the food service and wider tourism sectors with a real-time overview of the rate at which Michelin Starred restaurants across the world are reopening.

With its strong international presence, the MICHELIN Guide is calling on the support of its specialists to update the tool. Inspectors of the Guide are leveraging all their local gastronomic expertise and knowledge to gather information. Depending on the situation in each country, restaurant data will be collected either in the field, by phone or through digital research.


Comment Week 26 :

70% of all the Michelin Starred restaurants worldwide have reopened inside and/or their terraces in week 26 representing 2224 restaurants on a total of 3172.

In Europe, it is in France, Spain, and Italy that we see the most progress. In France, there are 75% (472/628) of the Michelin Starred restaurants that are back to business; an encouraging progression compared to the 394 there were in week 25. In Italy and Spain, these percentages respectively went to 78% and 44%.

In Asia, the situation remains steady.

And finally in the USA, the number of Michelin Starred restaurants back open for business inside and/or on their terraces continues to gradually progress with 17 restaurants (8% of the total) compared to 13 in week 25. 

Comment Week 25 :

66% of all the Michelin Starred restaurants worldwide have reopened inside and/or their terraces in week 25 (2094/3172). The percentage in each award open across the globe is split fairly evenly; 66% of the one star restaurants (1702/2563), 65% of the two star restaurants (311/480) and 63% of the three star restaurants (81/129).

In Europe, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy show the most growth with 63%, 35%, 44% and 73% respectively of Michelin Starred restaurants back open. In Slovenia (where the first selection was released on Tuesday 16th of June), the 6 new Michelin Starred restaurants are open and In Hungary the first star restaurant is back open for business.

In Asia the situation has also progressed- especially in Singapore where restaurants have been allowed to reopen and immediately 57% are welcoming their customers back and in Thailand the percentage of Michelin Starred restaurants open increased to 52% compared to 34% in week 24. 

And finally in the USA, the number of Michelin Starred restaurants back open for business inside and/or on their terraces continues to gradually progress with 13 restaurants (6% of the total) compared to 6 in week 24. 

Comment Week 24 : 

60% of all the Michelin Starred restaurants worldwide have reopened inside and/or their terraces in week 24; yet again considerable growth on week 23.

In Europe, the more significant progressions are in France where 52% (328/628) of the Michelin Starred restaurants are now back open. In Italy 66% of the restaurants are welcoming their diners back, compared to 56% in week 23 and in Spain this has increased to 24%. Belgium sees a massive 84% back in business and in Luxembourg all of the Michelin Starred restaurants are now open

 In Asia the situation appears to have stabilised.

And finally in the USA, the number of Michelin Starred restaurants that are back open for business inside and/or on their terraces is 5; with 2 in Washington and 3 in California.

Comment Week 23 :

Just over 50% (1583/3165) of all the Michelin Starred restaurants worldwide are back open for business inside and/or on their terraces in week 23- An encouraging increase from the 33% open in week 22.

Re-openings apace in Europe sees France back in business with 208 of the 628 of the Michelin stars able to open their doors once again, 5 out of 6 Stars in Helsinki are back welcoming diners too. A mighty 93% of all restaurants in the Netherlands and 89 % in Luxembourg have turned their ovens back on, and Germany, Italy and Spain’s gastronomic renaissance continues to flourish.

In Asia the situation continues to improve with 94% of the Michelin Stars open in Japan; Thailand now has 31% back open and in Beijing 96%.

And finally in the USA where they continue to offer an excellent selection of takeaways; the dawn of Post-Covid Cuisine is gathering further momentum with a couple of restaurants in Washington re- opening either inside and/or on their terraces in week 23. 

Comment week 22 : 

In week 22 the worldwide situation is still improving. 33% of MICHELIN Starred restaurants are open (1038/3165), compared to 27% in week 21. 

In Europe, restaurants in Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece and Czech Republic (Prague) have started to reopen. In Greece (Athens) and in Czech Republic (Prague), 100% of the Michelin Starred restaurants reopened. In Germany the number of reopenings increased to 71% compared to 49% in week 21, and to 33% in Italy, compared to 16% in week 21.

In Asia, the situation continues to progress with more reopenings in Japan, Thailand and Korea 

Comment week 21 :

In week 21 the worldwide situation is improving, with 27% of Michelin Starred restaurants open (842/3165), compared to 21% in week 20.

In Europe, many restaurants continue to reopen in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Denmark has also started to reopen, with 58% of Michelin Starred restaurants resuming operation in week 21. In Asia, the situation continues to progress, especially in Japan with 71% of Michelin Starred restaurants now open compared to 65% in week 20.

Comment week 20 :

In week 20 the worldwide situation has continued to improve with 21% of Michelin Starred restaurants open (653/3165), compared to 14% in week 19.

In Europe, restaurants have started to reopen in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Croatia – as well the first restaurant in Italy. In Asia, the situation continues to progress, especially in Japan with more small restaurants run by local chefs reopening.

Looking to actively support the world of gastronomy during this period of crisis, the MICHELIN Guide will make the results of its barometer available on its website: www.guide.michelin.com


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