Looking at the Eater 38, Eater Boston’s quarterly showcase of 38 of the Boston area’s most defining restaurants, the early impact of COVID-19 on the local restaurant industry becomes quickly apparent. Nearly half of the restaurants on the list have temporarily shut their doors entirely, while the remainder are trying to eke out a bit of business as currently allowed by the state: takeout and delivery only. In most cases, the businesses that do remain open are limiting their hours, menu, and staff; in some cases, restaurants are toying with new business models, such as selling fresh pasta by the pound.
Across the board, restaurants need support: from customers, from insurance companies, from legislators. Takeout and delivery aren’t nearly sufficient on their own, but it’s a start. If you’ve been wanting to support some of your favorite local restaurants, here’s how to order from the Eater 38ers that are currently operating, from wood-fired pizzas in Charlestown to bulk orders of dumplings in Fenway to banh mi in Dorchester to ceviche in Somerville.Read More