If you're waiting for your favourite Michelin-starred restaurant to re-open, or you simply want to take a pressure check of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, check out Michelin's new international barometer. The online tool offers a snapshot of the global situation of Michelin restaurants in dozens of countries.
The barometer was launched in March, and records the number of Michelin-starred restaurants open in 35 destinations. The data is collected in each country, either on site, by phone or digitally, and is updated and issued weekly with analytical comments.
In order to be included on the list, restaurants must fulfil specific criteria. For example, they must be able to demonstrate that they are open at least three days a week.
Commenting on the new tool, the international director of the Michelin Guides, Gwendal Poullennec, said: "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.”
By tracking weekly re-openings in over 30 countries with Michelin guides, the picture was already looking more optimistic at the end of May, with a steady increase in restaurants re-opening around the world.
In week 21, the worldwide situation showed signs of improving, with almost a third of Michelin-starred restaurants re-opening around the world, up 7% on the week before, and equating to 843 out of 3165 restaurants.
In Asia, the situation continues to progress, especially in Japan with 71% of Michelin-starred restaurants now open compared to 65% in week 20.
Many restaurants continue to reopen in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, but in the US and the UK the figures stand hauntingly empty.
Back in April, Poullennec pledged Michelin's support to restaurants around the world revealing a digital-first strategy, and he announced that the 2021 Michelin Guides would be delayed.