Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung spoke with Boston Public Radio on Friday about the future of Boston restaurants.
"Restaurants were really at the forefront of the economic shock of the COVID-19-induced shutdown," she said. "Starting March 17, Governor Baker had said restaurants had to transition to delivery or takeout only, and one estimate is that 80 percent of restaurants chose to close instead of remain open."
The restaurant industry will have the longest road back in terms of recovery, Leung noted. "Even when Gov. Baker gives the green light for people to go back out to eat in restaurants again, a lot of restaurateurs are bracing for a very different environment," she said. "Not everybody's going to come back all at once."