This week brought news that everyone dreaded and no one wanted. The effective shutdown of restaurants and bars in a large swath of the state is the worst-cast scenario for the affected—and it casts a pall over operators who aren’t staring down the prospect of shutting their dining rooms for the second time in a year. The knot in your stomach, the pressure behind your temples, the nights you spend staring wide-eyed at your ceiling instead of the inside of your eyelids: Those are a real result of losing employment, income, insurance, business, security.
But we have also been here before. That was back in March, before odious words like, “pivot,” and “the new normal” were everywhere. It was before anyone thought an entire industry could be shut down overnight. We were wrong then.
We were also wrong when we (all of us—owners, operators, servers, FOH, BOH, bartenders, distributors, suppliers) said to ourselves, “There’s no way I’ll make it through the next 10 weeks.” We did. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t simple, it wasn’t painless or without sacrifice. But we are still here.
Here are just a few of the words we’ve collected over the last few months that had power after the last shutdown ended. They will still have power when this one is over—and all of us are still here.
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