Since the first New Orleans-area case of the novel coronavirus was announced on Monday, March 2020, circumstances locally and statewide have changed at a rapid-fire pace — including for the city’s economically-essential food and hospitality industry. First came the cancellation of major food festivals and events that draw thousands, then restrictions on hours and capacity for New Orleans bars and restaurants, followed shortly after by a historic, statewide order closing Louisiana bars and restaurant dining rooms.
Given the number of New Orleans restaurants that experienced what was previously considered a once-in-a-lifetime industry catastrophe in Hurricane Katrina, maybe it’s unsurprising that so many have adapted quickly by adding delivery, drive-thru, and curbside pickup services. Still others won’t be able to pivot as easily, and the long-term viability of operating under current circumstances is unclear.
This stream tracks the various ways the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting New Orleans’s restaurant and bar scene, as well as ways restaurants and diners are responding and trying keep the local industry thriving. For more information about COVID-19’s impact on the restaurant world at large, this tag features stories from Eater sites around the world.
Do you know of a local fund or initiative to support New Orleans’s service industry? Heard of a restaurant closing permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know.