Well, if you weren’t taking COVID-19 all that seriously a few weeks ago, it’s likely that you are now, along with practicing social distancing, self-quarantining, and working remotely. While the economy is in free-fall and industries of all types are suffering, few have been as immediately and significantly impacted as the hospitality industry.
As the government ordered shutdowns of all sit-down service out of safety concerns, many bars and restaurants have had to slash staff after being forced to close up shop. The majority, however, are doing their best to both survive and support their servers, cooks, bartenders, and dishwashers by staying open for business via takeout, pickup, delivery, and retail options. It’s going to be a long road. We’ve only called out a handful of spots by name here, but know that just about every bar and restaurant in town could use a little extra love (and revenue) right now. Here’s what many of them are doing to keep the community fed, their employees paid, and their doors open, and everything you can do to support them while still staying safe.