And while nearly every cook, server, busser, host, and bartender is out of a job right now, thanks to these initiatives, many can still count on family meals.
"If this week goes smoothly, we’ll try to double it again for the following week, and move away from just Beth Israel and send another team to MGH or another hospital."
Countless tipped as well as hourly wage workers have seen their earnings slashed or vanished. Still, through it all, many local restaurants are providing meals to fellow restaurant workers who are impacted.
Even if independent restaurants in the Boston area and elsewhere do receive loans from the government, it will still be a bumpy ride for many if not most.
New restaurant initiatives sweeten deals for donors to help “people who aren’t getting help from government sponsored programs.”
“All these boats have supply, but nowhere to go.” “Our shellfish business died overnight.”
The scores of temporary closings are likely hiding an ugly truth—that many of the places that are shuttered aren’t just closed for the time being.
"It’s a situation where our primary business model has closed, and our secondary business model has come to the forefront for now."
"We’re all in this together, and we’ve got to all stay afloat in order to end up alright on the other side."
While the Wayside Inn has the feel of a special-occasion place, the Warren Tavern is a completely different animal, instead being a rather small watering hole located in one of the most congested neighborhoods in Boston, though also one of its most beautiful.