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Monday, March 30, 2020

Top New Orleans Restaurants Cease Takeout as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Rise - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Cochon, part of Donald Link’s restaurant group, has ceased takeout and shifted to feeding NOLA’s service industry | Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

As restaurants suspend takeout, Donald Link’s restaurant group shifts to feeding New Orleans’s service industry

As of Monday, March 30, a handful of New Orleans’s best-known restaurants — including the world-famous Commander’s Palace and those in the Donald Link restaurant group portfolio — have announced the decision to shift operations once again, ceasing takeout and delivery services altogether as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to increase.

21 days after the first New Orleans-area case of the novel coronavirus was announced, the city is now considered a hotspot, with Gov. John Bel Edwards saying over the weekend that this is the “critical week” in which New Orleans hospitals are projected to be overwhelmed by the number of patients in need of treatment.

In response to the Governor’s statements on Sunday, the owner of longtime French Quarter seafood destination GW Fins Gary Wollerman announced that he’d be temporarily closing, saying he felt it it was “the only socially responsible course of action.” Wollerman added he and his team would reevaluate at the end of two weeks.

On Friday, March 27, an announcement on Commander’s Palace’s website also announced a two-week pause “to give our team time to take a breath,” saying owners will “reassess daily.” The restaurant’s famous turtle soup will be available at Rouses grocery store, and it’s preparing to sell it online at Goldbelly.com.

Friday was the last day of curbside pickup and delivery for all the the beloved Donald Link restaurants as well — Peche, Herbsaint, Cochon and Cochon Butcher, La Boulangerie, and the new Gianna — have suspended their to-go and delivery services offered since the shutdown of restaurant dining rooms. Owners Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski said in a statement posted on Saturday that the decision was made out of concern for the health and safety of “existing” team members and in an effort to help contain the spread of the virus.

Instead, the Link team has pivoted to feeding New Orleans’s restaurant workers for the moment, with help from Maker’s Mark and the LEE Initiative. Meals are being distributed curbside at Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas Street) from 1 to 3 p.m. today, March 30, to those with a state ID and a recent paycheck stub as proof of restaurant employment.

Back in the kitchen, preparing meals to feed NOLA restaurant workers affected by the pandemic, in partnership with Maker...

Posted by Gianna Restaurant on Monday, March 30, 2020

Follow the Link group’s meal distribution for restaurant workers here, and for other local efforts, funds, and initiatives intended to support New Orleans’s restaurants and service industry, see Eater’s running list here.

Do you know of a local fund or initiative to support New Orleans’s service industry? Heard of a restaurant closing permanently due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic? Let us know.


Source: Eater New Orleans - All


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