Apr 18, 2020 - Economy & Business

How the coronavirus will change dining out

San Gennaro, a red-sauce restaurant in the Bronx, awaits our return.
San Gennaro, a red-sauce restaurant in the Bronx, awaits our return. Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP

It may be a long time before many of us congregate in restaurants. And going out to eat is quickly becoming a far-off luxury for many hardworking Americans.

What's next: The dining trade is starting to think about how the industry will need to evolve, and Bloomberg's Leslie Patton and Edward Ludlow have a look ahead as "buffet services may disappear" and "workers may need to wear gloves and masks."

  • '"[U]tensils may be individually wrapped."
  • "Appetizers off of shared plates may be discontinued."

California Gov. Gavin Newsom had this preview of the new normal when restaurants reopen, via the L.A. Times:

  • Taking customer temperatures at the door.
  • Reducing the number of tables by half.
  • Disposable menus.

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