Special Report

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus and America’s Restaurants

Source: Courtesy of The Alden

The Alden
> Location: Chamblee, Georgia

This restaurant in suburban Atlanta has contracted a global infectious disease expert to recommend best practices for minimizing COVID-19 risk. In addition to the frequent disinfecting of surfaces and the use of a sanitizing air spray, The Alden is giving guests single-use menus that are disposed of after they order.

Source: Courtesy of Axelrad

Axelrad Beer Garden
> Location: Houston

This Montrose neighborhood beer bar remains open as usual, but with an altruistic twist. Because restaurants in Houston’s Chinatown, like those throughout the country, have suffered steep declines in business since the advent of the coronavirus, Axelrad will give a free can of beer to anyone who turns up with a receipt showing that they’ve dined at any Chinatown eatery.

Source: Courtesy of Canlis

> Location: Seattle

Perhaps anticipating today’s statewide ban on in-restaurant dining, this emblematic Pacific Northwestern classic suspended its regular operation late last week (“Fine dining is not what Seattle needs right now,” says a statement on its website) and instead has created three new options for patrons — options not normally not associated with high-end restaurants. Beginning Mar. 16, the first option, called Drive On Thru, will serve burgers, a veggie melt, the famed Canlis salad, and ice cream sandwiches every weekday. Effective Mar. 17, the second option, The Bagel Shed, will open weekday mornings with a menu of bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee only for takeout. And effective Mar. 18, Family Meal, Delivered will offer a daily changing dinner complete with a bottle of wine for home delivery, weeknights only.

Source: Courtesy of Bar Mercado

Castellucci Hospitality Group
> Location: Atlanta

The group’s restaurants, including Iberian Pig, Cooks and Soldiers, and Bar Mercado, have temporarily gone cashless (to avoid transmission of the virus on currency), have reduced seating to increase distance between diners, and have provided hand-washing stations outside the restrooms. The group is also offering sick employees paid leave.

Source: Courtesy of CAVA

> Location: 12 states and Washington D.C.

At units of this casual Mediterranean-themed chain, employee handwashing protocols are being strictly enforced, and the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting the restaurants has been increased. The chain also reminds customers that it has a paid sick leave policy and that “managers are required to send home any team members showing signs of flu-like symptoms.”