Restaurants transition to take-out only service during coronavirus

Brandy Mitchell serves a customer at a makeshift drive thru at Dwights Restaurant in Lafayette, La. on March 17, 2020.

Gabriel Almeida, owner of Daybreak Restaurant in West Bridgewater, Mass. adjusts the letters of his sign which reads "We are open, take out only" on March 24, 2020.

Chris Shepherd, a James Beard award-winning chef who owns four restaurants in Houston, carries a container of short ribs to be seasoned at his Georgia James restaurant Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Houston. For Shepherd, it's been "an all-out hustle" to survive after local officials limited restaurants to takeout and delivery, a business environment that has become the temporary new normal for most eateries across the U.S. during the coronavirus outbreak. But survival has meant Shepherd's had to make tough, emotional choices, including closing three of his four restaurants and furloughing most of his 170 hourly workers, people he considers family.

Kent, Ohio. Mike's Place, restaurant in Kent, Ohio display delivery and take-out options on March 26, 2020.

Smoothie King lobby in Lafayette, La. is temporarily closed, drive thru is still open. Local business coping with restrictions to comply with new rules aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana. The restrictions designed to reduce social gatherings by limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

London Lowe, one of two employees working, waits for take-out customer to show up Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Coffee Makes You Black, 2803 N, Teutonia Ave. in Milwaukee, Wis. In the last week, sales at the coffee shop have plummeted.

Chef Guillermo prepares a take out order of spaghetti with mussels at Nanni Ristorante of Rochelle Park, N. J. on March 25, 2020. The restaurant is empty due to the shutdown from the effects of the corona virus outbreak. Business is down 95% says owner Manny Moreira as they can only sell take out.

Martia Weaver waits for customers at the walk up window to her Freitas Cuban burgers restaurant as the city government takes steps to fight the coronavirus outbreak on March 25, 2020 in Key West, Fla. Most tourists have left Key West as the city closed hotels or short-term vacation rentals and asked restaurants to only serve take-out. Beaches and parks have been closed and starting Friday non-residents may not enter without proof of employment or property ownership in the Florida Keys as city officials attempt to contain COVID-19.

A worker at a Chipotle restaurant waits on customers through a window on March 26, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered all restaurants and bars in the state closed to all but carry-out and delivery orders.

Lucy Kwak paints a sign on the window of a fast food chain's restaurant indicating that the drive-thru window is still open as well as a takeout option during the coronavirus outbreak in Garden Grove, Calif., Thursday, March 26, 2020.

David Nichol, the owner of Sociale, carries a take out order to the curb March 27, 2020 in San Francisco, Calif. Sociale is working with a reduced staff, and are offering curbside pickup during the coronavirus COVID-19 shutdown. On Friday nights, they are also offering delivery to the Nichol's home town of San Anselmo in Marin County just north of San Francisco.

In this Friday, March 27, 2020, photo, Cypress Hall Restaurant on Middle Street remains open with take-out and curbside service only in the riverside town of New Bern, N.C. Businesses, schools, tourists sites and entertainment venues have temporarily closed or adjusted schedules and routines as a result of mandates by the state because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stephanie Velasco puts cheese on top of Lamburger Helper in take-and-bake containers at Georgia James restaurant, one of four restaurants owned by Houston chef Chris Shepherd, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Houston. Local officials have limited restaurants to takeout and delivery, a business environment that has become the temporary new normal for most eateries across the U.S. during the coronavirus outbreak.

A uniform delivery man runs out the door of a pizza restaurant with a sign to insure passers-by it is still open for business as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus Monday, March 30, 2020, in Centennial, Colo. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

Guests wait in line to go in and get their lunch at My Brother's Table soup kitchen in Lynn, Massachusetts on March 30, 2020. With all restaurants ordered to shut down eating inside during the coronavirus pandemic, My Brother's Table, which also operates a shelter in the same building, is forced to have their guests eat their meals on the streets. The kitchen, which serves an average of 600 meals a day, helps the homeless and anyone in need.


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