Stand and deliver: how restaurants are surviving the shutdown

Restaurants and cafes have had to close their doors in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, but many are staying on life support by turning to takeout and deliveries

29th March, 2020
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When the government first issued its stark warnings about the coronavirus on March 12, restaurants and cafes felt the impact almost immediately.

“We pretty much lost 100 per cent of revenue overnight. It just fell off a cliff,” Jason Mac An Tsionnaigh, co-owner of Urbanity café in Smithfield Dublin, said.

After a week of being closed, Mac an Tsionnaigh and his business partners decided they should reopen as a takeaway-only service. Kitted out...

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