Trevor (Bodytonic) O’Shea is one of the big players in the pub scene in the city. Proprietor of The Bernard Shaw, The Back Page, The Square Ball, Wigwam and Jam Park, O’Shea’s take on this moment is that he’s “planning that this is not going away.”
Having pivoted into the takeaway business as they navigated the early summer rapids, Bodytonic are now back in business, albeit in a modified way. “Most of our bars are in the suburbs which ironically seems like a great idea at the moment.”
He feels it is “inevitable that you can’t ask young people to lock down forever, so at some point people will have to compromise and usually common sense wins.”
What he is noticing so far is that people are planning 2-3 weeks out but not forward planning like they used to.
“All we can do is try to make reasonable assumptions and guesses and adjust to the change.”
At the moment, they are considering options for Jam Park based around a 1000 capacity configuration but are awaiting government guidelines.