If you can afford to, my recommendation to fellow New Yorkers is to order in a minimum of two times a week. It’s hard to say whether that will make enough of a difference over the long run, but we foodies need to invest in the well-being of the restaurants that serve us in the good times.
A sobering report from Restaurant Business finds that 3% nationally have already closed permanently. That translates to 30,000 restaurants. Another 8% fear having to close their doors within the next 30 days.
The survey of 4,000 restaurant owners and operators provides a stark picture of the devastation facing the industry as dine-in service is closed to customers: A huge number of them do not expect to make it through to the other side of the shutdown.
“This is a big reset,” Justin Nedelman, CEO of Eureka Restaurant Group, said in an interview. His company has temporarily closed 20 of its 26 locations.
In a restaurant-rich environment like New York, which boasts some 20,000 eating establishments, there is ultimately more to lose if these trends continue.