Restaurants around the country have closed their doors to in-dining service to help slow the spread of Coronavirus and prevent unnecessary deaths. That's good news.
But it's also bad news for an industry that employs 160,000 people in Connecticut alone, many laid off and waiting for their unemployment application to be processed by our overwhelmed state system.
A lot of restaurants are offering creative ways to have some fun with takeout. But most restaurants can't live on takeout alone, even if their closure helps us live.
- Chris Prosperi is co-owner and chef of Metro Bis restaurant in West Simsbury, Connecticut.
- Richard Rosenthal is the founder and president of the Max Restaurant Group
- Scott Dolch is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association
- Kassia Borgio is a full time server at Capital Grille who is currently laid off from work
Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.