Be Kind When You Dine
Times have been tough for the food community for over two years at this point. What began as keeping their heads above water as their dining rooms were closed in 2020, evolved to keeping their heads above water through an employment shortage, supply chain issues and increases in cost of goods. The struggle for our restaurant community is far from over, which is clear as we saw with the closing of West Flanders, Zolo and Ska Street Brewstillery all within the last year or so.
As we reemerge as patrons into the restaurant scene, we have an opportunity to support the establishments near and dear to us. What does that mean for diners? Your meal could take a little longer to make, your server may have to cover twice as many tables as usual, and the prices attached could be a little higher than before. How can we as be helpful diners? Maybe instead of your usual once a weeknight out, shift to two. Or perhaps you spread the word on Yelp or TikTok when you have a great dining experience instead of only taking to those platforms when unhappy with an experience. Eric Chiappetta puts this perfectly in his article on Edible, The 10 Commandments of Dining Out outlining how we as diners can do our part. No matter how you choose to venture into the restaurant world again, one thing is for sure; your local restaurant owners will appreciate your patience and understanding more than you can imagine.
While You Were Sleeping
Of course, as soon as we all were able, the first place we wanted to head included our favorite restaurants, as it should. But as the time has passed since the pandemic began, new restaurants have emerged onto the scene creating even more reason to hit the town now that we can. These may not be newborns per se, but with the way 2021 went, they didn’t get the pomp and circumstance that they deserved when they opened their doors. From the authentic pizza and taphouses to all natural food halls, there are so many new places to check out this spring.