Mariebmorris reports a small sign posted to the door of Sakurabana, 57 Broad St. downtown announces its closing, that after 36 years in business, Covid-19 made it impossible for owner Hironori Koga to keep going.
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I loved that place. Thank you Gov Baker.
For, even if slightly belatedly, doing something to protect the citizens of the state from a fatal virus that is now exploding across other states.
It is, indeed, horrible that financial issues the shutdown caused, but even worse would the collapse of our healthcare system that would have happened had the governor done nothing, especially in the face of the irresponsible, deadly response from Washington, where the alleged Leader of the Free World admitted telling his administration to try to slow down testing to keep the numbers down?
Can I stop by this week to show you our latest summer wear?
What we're seeing is that without the experience side of things, many of these places cannot survive on their food alone.
It really begs the question how good was the food?
Food lackluster with an experience with it is OK. But lackluster food without the experience is just lackluster.
Many places are surviving on delivery because the food is worth ordering and waiting for. Others not so much.
Also brings in the theory that many of these places, especially in the Financial District cannot survive on the lunch crowd.
Their food was great - but they never opened for takeout/delivery. I tried at the very beginning of the WFH order to get delivery, but it wasn't available. They can't survive, good food or not, if they're not open.
I'm pretty sure they do mostly survive on lunch (and late working dinner) crowd. But there hasn't been either one of these for 3.5 months, so that's a lot of rent to pay with nearly 0 income. Nothing to do with their lack of vibe.
Let's rephrase that...
"Thank you president trump for ignoring the situation until mid-March, doing nothing but make up shit, and then continuing to do nothing. Thank you for not uniting the country during this horrific time. Thank you for giving bailout $ to companies that should not qualify rather than families and small businesses. Thank you for having zero clue that for families $120 a week for 10 weeks has done nothing to help these people."
"Thank you Gov Baker for doing the best you could with ZERO support form the federal government and our federal tax dollars."
Office occupancy is incredibly low and will stay that way until things are safe. Baker and Walsh's management of the "maximum occupancy rate" is likely to have little impact from here - it went from 25% max a few weeks ago to 50% max now, and it doesn't matter. There's still very little foot traffic in office districts.
You could throw the doors open to 100% occupancy and my employer wouldn't change a thing to encourage people to be back in the office. We all know it's unsafe to be there and will keep working from home. Of ~1000 of us, we have perhaps 2-3 people occasionally in our offices.
Restaurants that thrived based on proximity to office environments and did a healthy lunch and post-work business are really hurting, for sure. It's a shame we are going to lose a lot of these restaurants and other retail too. Better government backstops on the financial impact of the health crisis could shield some of that impact.
Arguing for more reopening won't help these places in a meaningful way. They'll still fail because it's not safe to be out and large office employers know it.
The area is usually flooded this time of year with tourists and with office workers venturing out for lunch.
Very few office workers are back in their towers, and tourists are rare.
No fake monks?
I've been back to my office near North Station a few days a week, and the multitudes of homeless that populate that area are still there en masse. The main difference I have noticed I that they have moved to the middle of the sidewalk where they sit, stand and sprawl, rather than being closer to the walls. And they are still stoned to the gills, so the medication is still readily flowing.
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