As restaurants are called to abide by social distancing rules and use outdoor spaces, The Tenant, a Minneapolis restaurant, took over the sidewalk, offering takeout barbeque. Shifting their business model and offerings has been instrumental to many restaurants’ survival, including one of the world’s best restaurants, NOMA in Copenhagen, which returned as an outdoor wine bar with two options for burgers.

Restaurants

Global


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Staples in many restaurants, hotels, and other establishments and valued for the freedom they provide are self-serve salad bars and all-you-can-eat buffets. Because such an arrangement relies on customers sharing utensils and dispensers to get access to the food, these types of operations face an uncertain future in the age of coronavirus. “Sneeze guards” are now more extensively used and utensils must be disposable or switched often. 

As restaurants transform to take-out, front windows no longer need to be showcasing a lively interior, filled with cheering diners. Instead, they become messengers of hope and connection, marketing tools that communicate the role of small businesses in building community.

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Twin Cities, Minnesota


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As NYC restaurants struggle to find ways to operate during the lockdown, sidewalks come to the rescue. These marked “boxes” are for customers and delivery people to wait for takeout food. Submitted by Jennifer Adler, City University of New York (jadler@bmcc.cuny.edu).

Restaurants

United States


Photo credit: Jennifer Adler