As New York City enters phase two of reopening, restaurateurs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten are anxiously awaiting the new normal after shutting their doors for more than three months.
The city is predicting 5,000 restaurants will begin offering outdoor dining as part of the phase two reopening.
The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard by coronavirus. The mayor’s office said spending at New York City restaurants was down 90% in late March, compared with the same time last year. That decline accounts for more than $1 billion in lost revenue.
With so many restaurants facing financial hardship, Vongerichten and other restaurant owners are lobbying lawmakers to force insurers…