The restaurant industry is facing an unprecedented existential crisis

“The restaurant industry is facing an unprecedented existential crisis. The reality of a prolonged shutdown — two weeks? A month? Longer? — will mean the end of many restaurants and bars. The longer they’re closed, the more that simply won’t come back. People’s livelihoods and dreams, the communities they’ve created, the sweat and hard work and success they’ve achieved — that will all disappear. This has not gone unrecognized by the people who care about restaurants and bars and know their vital roles as social hubs and stress relievers. There’s a chorus of voices making it very clear that the situation is dire, but their calls for action are — sadly, almost shockingly — being met with silence from the people who could really help.”