We see it all around us, but here’s the global day-by-day data from OpenTable. It’s a 100 percent shutdown for many cities now. In some sense this is good — this is what we’re supposed to be doing. But it’s still shocking to see. I don’t think anyone has any sense of what the restaurant industry is going to look like when we get out of this. In the meantime, support your favorite places with takeout and delivery orders — which are safe! — and gift card purchases, if you can.
(The OpenTable app has adapted brilliantly — when I open it here in Philly, it’s chock full of delivery and takeout options, and gift cards are prominent too.)
★ Thursday, 19 March 2020