We have a full cart of food info for you this week to solve some of your most vexing problems: how to get groceries to your front door, how to buy the right kitchen tools, and how to make a great cup of coffee. On the lighter side: We visit (virtually) a restaurant whose owner will FaceTime you while you eat. Also, wait till you see what quarantined Pennsylvanians are drinking.
Be safe out there.
When the coronavirus stay-at-home order hit and restaurants were relegated to serving takeout only, Ara Ishkhanian, owner of Apricot Stone in Northern Liberties, lost the one thing he loved best about his business: seeing the people. Now he does it from his dining room by FaceTime, as staff writer Stephanie Farr writes. Just hit him up from home while you dine.
The restaurant industry here and everywhere is approaching a crossroads. Eight in 10 workers have been furloughed or laid off. Meanwhile, restaurateurs are pleading for the possibility of getting forgivable federal loans through a coronavirus economic rescue package. Some have shifted to takeout and delivery, hoping that someday their bars and dining rooms will reopen. Others fear that they will be forced to shutter.
More sit-down restaurants are reopening, but only for takeout and delivery. Among the newcomers are Giuseppe & Sons, Double Knot, and Sampan, which are offering $5 specials to restaurant workers.