Boston restaurateur says coronavirus forced him to lay off entire staff
Restaurant owner on coronavirus: I feel like a land turtle that got hit by a tsunami
Boston Chops and Deuxave owner Chris Coombs says the coronavirus has forced him to lay off his entire staff.
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Top-ranked Boston steakhouse Boston Chops, along with Boston Urban Hospitality sister eateries dbar and Deuxave, have taken a major hit from coronavirus closures, which has led to more than 230 restaurant employees being laid off.
Boston Urban Hospitality owner and chef Chris Coombs told FOX Business' Stuart Varney on Thursday that the decision was based on the notion that takeout service won't pay the bills in the Massachusetts capital that has since become like a ghost town.
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Coombs also said that he’s confident in the “really thoughtful” relief bill being put together that will help support small business. His biggest concern is what lies on the other side of the curve.
“What's the psychological damage done to the consumer?” he said. “When are people going to feel comfortable to gather in restaurants? Because all restaurants depend on being really busy and full and vibrant. And I think right now people are scared of that environment.”
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