In an effort to support social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, an increasing number of restaurants -- even those who've never offered carry-out and delivery before -- are announcing their decision to offer take-out, delivery and curbside meal options.
In these tough times, businesses are grappling with uncertainty. In some cases, that uncertainty ï¿½"paired with any number of additional factors ï¿½"requires them to make the tough decision to shutter permanently. To keep you apprised, we've created a list of bars and restaurants which have closed their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concern has risen among local bars and restaurants in the City of Milwaukee ï¿½" which have been allowed to reopen as part of the Move Milwaukee Forward plan ï¿½" that the risks of reopening outweigh the benefits.
Beginning Wednesday, businesses can apply for the no-fee pilot program that allows bars and restaurants to seek permission to expand outdoor seating by turning parking lanes, traffic travel lanes and sidewalks for more outdoor tables and chairs.
After bars and restaurants reopened last Friday afternoon, packed patios were a common sight throughout the city. We definitely noticed, and maybe you did too. And maybe you found yourself wondering (as we did): Is that really OK? Turns out it's not.
Last week, we surveyed our OnMilwaukee readers, looking for their feedback about restaurants reopening. Today, weï¿½TMre releasing the results of the survey, which garnered responses from 3,347 readers and was distributed widely to restaurants across the city this week.
As staff begin returning to work at their offices, the Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 is launching an effort aimed at garnering support for Downtown restaurants.
Restaurants have rallied, reaching out to governmental officials about their urgent concerns for support. But, in the meantime, they are relying on friends, neighbors and community to offer support. If you'd like to make a difference, here are some simple things you can do.
This week on FoodCrush Live, Chef Aaron Patin of Iron Grate BBQ shares his perspective on the role of resilience in the hospitality industry and how being open to new models, entertaining new approaches and re-orienting business models to support the local economy can make a huge difference for both restaurants and the consumers they serve.
If you value the dining scene we have here in Milwaukee, please support local restaurant owners by filling out this survey and providing your honest feedback. Together, we can make it easier for restaurants to make more educated decisions as the time comes for them to welcome you back.
Even when Milwaukee restaurants are allowed to open their dining rooms (likely at a reduced capacity, there will be a need to look for additional revenue streams in order to assure long-term sustainability. As a result, some restaurants are already moving forward with innovative ideas that could help them weather the storm and (hopefully) come back stronger than ever.
Join us for a new FoodCrush Live video series with area chefs and restaurant owners! This week, we'll be engaging in candid conversation with the owners of Iron Grate BBQ & Dandan about factors impacting restaurant recovery amid COVID-19.
No one really knows what things will look like when this is over. But we can be certain that what emerges in the aftermath of COVID-19 will be different than what came before. Here are some thoughts on the matter from food writer Lori Fredrich.
Here in Milwaukee there are countless Mexican-owned restaurants where you can both eat and imbibe on Cinco de Mayo. Heck, if you do it right, you can even indulge in mole poblano, the traditional dish eaten in the town of Puebla on the big holiday.
Between time spent working and trying to keep the kids focused on schoolwork (ha ha ha), there's a lot of hours in the day. This is some of what I've seen and done during those hours. I hope you'll drop me a comment or two and let me know what you're doing, too.