BOSTON (CBS) – With the emergence of new variants of COVID-19 and new mandates coming up, restaurateurs in Massachusetts are shifting gears just to survive.
âRight now with Omicron we’re a little nervous just because it’s spreading a little faster,â said Christiana Kapsaski.
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She’s nervous about the spread and all the uncertainties COVID-19 brings to the restaurant industry.
Kapsaskis has owned Taso’s European CafÃ© in Norwood for 14 years and decided Monday to close their dining room again to protect its staff. âAt the moment, we are strictly take out. There is no dining room inside at all, âKapsaskis told WBZ-TV. “I’m afraid to take the virus home.”
It’s a change needed to keep the lights on and the doors open.
Starting January 15, the city of Boston will require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and bars.
Brato Brewhouse and Kitchen in Brighton started checking vaccination cards on Wednesday – ahead of schedule. âWith the peak we’re seeing now, it made sense to act now and not wait for the fifteenth,â said owner Jonathan Gilman.
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But even these measures are not enough for others.
Boston’s South End Lyon bar has announced it will serve its final meals on New Years Eve, shutting down permanently due to a lack of supplies and staff. âI think people know we’re in a tough spot. There’s no right or wrong answer to a lot of these things, âGilman said. “We’re just trying to make the best decision possible.”
While others take on challenges, start a business in the midst of new mandates.
Frankie Stavrianopoulos celebrated the grand opening of Wich + Craft in Boston’s North End just three weeks ago. When asked why he decided to open up now, he replied, âBecause I’m crazy! No, I mean, there was uncertainty. There is uncertainty, but we have a love for this business.
It hasn’t been the big comeback most in the industry have been hoping for and counting on, but there is hope.
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âI hope for the best. 2022 will definitely be better for everyone, âsaid Kapsaskis.