Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sub Shops, Pizzerias Not Necessarily Immune to Dropoff in Business

photo of Greek Corner, Cambridge, MAWhile many restaurants in the Boston area and beyond that haven't been used to doing takeout/delivery have either completely shut down for now or have given it a shot with varying results, it might be assumed that places that have traditionally focused on takeout/delivery before the Coronavirus outbreak might be doing all right. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Based on information from various sources along with a story on WBZ 1030 News Radio, such takeout spots as sub shops and pizzerias are apparently not immune from the dropoff in business following Governor Charlie Baker's ruling last week to shut down restaurants except for takeout/delivery. WBZ gives an example in its story of a North Shore pizzeria that has seen a dropoff of approximately 40% of late, mainly because people are simply not going out or getting together in general, with the story mentioning that business has "dropped off a cliff" in the case of the pizza place. This jibes with what we have heard concerning other takeout spots such as sub shops in which people simply are not going out nearly as much, and while delivery is still busy in some cases, for many, business for takeout places is down in general.

For now, the restaurant shutdown remains in effect until April 6, though it is not known if that date will hold at this point in time.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]