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By adamg - 3/29/20 - 10:53 pm

Just not enough social distancing going on, so the city "encouraged" Kelly's and other eateries along Revere Beach Boulevard to stop doing takeout and all agreed, the city reports.

Also, Mayor Brian Arrigo slowly drove along the beach with a bullhorn, yelling at people to keep their distance. The city reported 83 Covid-19 cases as of today, up from just 8 at the beginning of the week.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 10:08 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that a number of restaurants that had focused on sit-down dining in the Before Times are simply shutting down rather than continuing the takeout and delivery service they started after they lost their dining rooms.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 10:19 am

Feed the Frontline - powered by Boloco

John Pepper, owner of the Boloco chain, has put up a GoFundMe page for people who'd like to donate to the care and feeding - especially the feeding - of people on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. The money will go to send meals to workers at hospitals in Boston (and Hanover, NH, where the chain has an outlet).

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 11:03 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Masa on Tremont Street has closed permanently.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:22 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that, starting at noon today, restaurants that are still open and offering takeout can no longer allow patrons inside to pick up food. Also, the town urges people to either pay online or use a credit card - keep that dirty cash to yourself.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 8:23 am

Roche Bros. announced this morning that customers can no longer bring reusable bags into its Roche Bros. and Brothers Markets stores, in an effort to protect its cashiers and baggers from Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 8:11 am

Porter Cafe on Centre Street in West Roxbury announced that last night was its final night of takeout service until after conditions improve: Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 9:11 pm

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis. DePasquale announced today they're signing contracts with several restaurants in Harvard and Central squares to cook meals for the city's homeless population, at a time when local homeless shelters are having trouble with staffing for their own kitchens. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 11:39 am
Line at the Trader Joe's in Allston yesterday.

Line outside the Allston Trader Joe's yesterday.

Local Trader Joe's remain open, but stores are limiting how many people they'll let in at a time - as one person exits, another one from the line outside is let in.

At the Hingham store this morning, the manager got on a bullhorn to alert shoppers to a two-per-thing limit, except on produce, which he pleaded with them to buy, as Geminiluvin shows: Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 5:26 pm

Rox Diner on Centre Street announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 12:36 pm

Kevin Duffy lists hours at Dunkin' Donuts in Malden.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 11:48 am

Boston Restaurant Talk lists Boston-area breweries that are making home deliveries of their suds.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 8:00 pm
Nobody in Mike's Patry on Hanover Street

617-Taxicab stopped in front of Mike's on Hanover Street around 5:20 p.m.

Never seen before. Not a single customer.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 11:55 pm
Arlington Diner with a lit OPEN sign only it isn't

Msmariamad spotted the gleaming welcome from a closed Arlington Diner on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington last night.

Copyright Msmariamad. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 6:10 pm
No ketchup

Every day, it seems like people look at the empty toilet-paper and chicken shelves at the Dedham Stop & Shop and go "Oh, no, what can I buy instead?!?" Today, the store was completely out of ketchup. Who knew ketchup was going to be in such high demand during an apocalypse?

The store was also completely out of frozen pizzas, except a few flatbread pizzas and "pizza" made out of cauliflower, which pretty much proves nobody wants that stuff.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 9:45 am

Boston Restaurant Talk rounds up the news: Waves of Layoffs and Furloughs Leave Boston Restaurants, Workforce Reeling.

The Greg Hill Foundation has created a fund to help food-industry workers with grants.

By JCNem - 3/18/20 - 8:56 am

With many restaurants closed, how do I find good ones that are open for takeout?

I don't know where to look. Yelp is no help at all, indicating that restaurants are open when their websites say they are closed.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 11:12 pm
Deno's in West Roxbury

The dining area at Deno's on Centre Street in West Roxbury was already closed off this evening.

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