The COVID-19 Issue

The Long Road to Rebuilding Restaurants

Dust yourself off –

We've got an industry to rebuild. With the start of June, individual states began to roll-back or weigh-out easing restrictions on non-essential businesses, including restaurants. As our community enters into the reopening phase of this crisis, the days and weeks ahead will be marked with head-scratching, questions, challenges, creative problem solving, and support from restaurant folk near and far sharing in the struggle.

This interactive map from The New York Times shows 35 states have reopened and 11 states have reopened individual regions. In mid-April, nearly two-thirds of restaurants saw their revenues cut by 50% or more. In states that have reopened, revenue continues to fluctuate, reports Rally for Restaurants.

The restaurant community is filled with creative, passionate souls who don't shy away from putting their hands in the fire for the sake of their craft. As more states give restaurants the go-ahead to open their doors and welcome customers back in for a visit, restaurant owners and staff around the country are preparing to walk into the fire once again. 

We've created this restaurant reopening special issue to arm restaurant people with actionable information and insights as they prepare to return to the line, the counter, the dish pit, the bar, the floor, the host stand, or the drive-thru window. We have gotten this far by staying on our toes and adapting in the face of overwhelming change. These same skills will serve us well as we set out on the long road to recovery. Together, we can rebuild our industry.


Culture and community are two cornerstones on which Black Sheep has been built, but we have never been truly tested before. And I can hand-on-heart say that now we have, and I have never been prouder of what we have built here.

Syed Asim Hussain, Co-Founder, Black Sheep Restaurants


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There’s Always Room at Briana Riddock’s Table

Riddock didn't start in traditional kitchens, but her passion and grit shine through in the intimate dining events she hosts in her hometown of Atlanta.


Herb & Beet Gets Creative to Bring in Revenue with Restaurant Reopening on Hold

When the shutdowns started, the Herb & Beet team didn’t falter on their mission. Instead, they found creative ways to keep their community fed, employees working, and revenue coming in.


Black Sheep Restaurants Creates a COVID-19 Playbook to Support the Community

After setting up procedures to keep their staff and guests safe, the Black Sheep Restaurants team looked outward and asked, “How can we help others in the restaurant community?”


Immigrant and BIPOC Restaurateurs Face an Even Tougher COVID-19 Reality

“There’s so much that needs to be done to level the playing field,” says Cheryl Straughter, owner of Soleil Restaurant and Catering.


Should You Reopen? This Tool Will Help You Decide


Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-up/Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces


Safety Tips for Restaurants Providing Curbside Pickup and Takeout Service

Department of Labor

Getting Your Workplace Ready for Coronavirus

World Health Organization

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Restaurant Reopening Checklist

Restaurant Reopening Checklist

Learn how to approach reopening your restaurant during COVID-19 with this 78-item checklist.


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