Does the world not need my restaurant anymore?
Of course, not everyone has been fortunate enough to have the sort of financial and domestic security that has enabled this sort of introspection.
I have a lot of friends who work in hospitality, who had businesses they’d loved and nurtured and poured their lives and souls into collapse overnight. They’ve had to sack staff they love like family and confront the need to start all over again.
This article for the New York Times by legendary New York restaurateur Gabrielle Hamilton describes all of these emotions, as well as considering the profound role of restaurants in our lives and economies, both before and after the crisis.
And while we’re still in New York, where I used to live and which I still love, this piece of first-person journalism from staff writers at the New Yorker is stunning and moving. I predict it will go down as a classic of the era.