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Pete Wells on Restaurants Facing Financial Ruin

patsully | Mar 19, 202005:21 PM     9

This does a wonderful job capturing just how quickly everything has changed:
"The review I had ready to go was about a below-ground sushi counter with eight seats. Was it going to become a four-seat sushi counter? Would a review of such a place look weird in a week? Was there any restaurant review that wouldn’t look weird in a week?"

And the crushing impact it will have on restaurants:
"Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are full of appeals to diners to funnel restaurant workers a little cash by buying gift certificates or branded T-shirts, or by sending money directly or indirectly. Restaurants are for-profit operations, at least in theory, but, for those of us who can’t imagine life without them, they act more like cultural institutions. If you’d give money to keep the opera going, why not pay a little to keep the restaurant workers afloat?

People have been giving. There’s a lot of talk about supporting takeout and delivery, which are still legal in New York. This is wonderful. And it won’t be enough. It won’t even come close."

A Frantic Few Days for Restaurants Is Only the Beginning

However long the closings across the country last, governments need to move fast if the industry is ever going to come back.

www.nytimes.com
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