Special Report

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

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Subculture Urban Cuisine & Café
> Location: Nashville

In addition to offering curbside pickup plus delivery through Uber Eats, this street-food specialist is serving all food in disposable vessels and is sanitizing tables after every use, among other measures, at both its locations.

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Subway
> Location: Nationwide

America’s largest fast-food chain has temporarily removed serving trays and dine-in baskets from its restaurants. In addition, customers are given a new cup for each beverage refill instead of it being served in the cup they’ve already used once.

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Sushi Katsuei
> Location: New York City and Brooklyn

Both locations of this popular sushi restaurant had announced that all diners, delivery people, and staff would have their temperatures checked via laser thermometer before entering the premises. This rule became moot for diners after New York City mayor Bill de Blasio’s decree on Sunday — since reinforced by a New York State mandate — that restaurants can now sell food only on a delivery or takeout basis.

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Taco Bell
> Location: Nationwide

This popular chain is considering closing its eat-in facilities. In so doing, Taco Bell CEO Mark King wrote in an email blast late Friday, “we would be limiting millions of guest interactions and further enabling social distancing.” He notes that the chain is also “equipping our restaurants to serve our guests via drive-thru and delivery only, where necessary.”

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ThinkFoodGroup
> Location: Washington D.C.

High-profile chef-activist José Andrés’s restaurants in the nation’s capital, the headquarters of his empire, removed tables to increase “social distance” between diners, among other measures, but announced Sunday afternoon that he was closing all his D.C. area restaurants. Some, he said, will be transformed into community kitchens offering lunches to go for those who need a meal. ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, and elsewhere are instituting a range of measures to help stop the spread of the virus, too.