Bloomberg Law
April 30, 2020, 11:00 AM

America’s Restaurants Start to Open Up, With a Side of Anxiety

David R. Baker
David R. Baker
Bloomberg News
Leslie Patton
Leslie Patton
Bloomberg News
Thomas Black
Thomas Black
Bloomberg News
Reade Pickert
Reade Pickert
Bloomberg News

As states start lifting their lockdown orders, America’s burger joints, pizzerias, taquerias and diners find themselves on the reopening economy’s front line. Whether they’re ready or not.

Restaurants are among the first businesses allowed to throw open their doors in many places easing virus-fighting restrictions. And after weeks of laying off staff and living off takeout orders, owners can’t wait -- even if they’re not quite sure how to make it work.

Cutting the number of seated customers by half or more, as some states are requiring, will devastate finances already in terrible shape. Servers in masks don’t make for ...

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