This week's tablehopper: red alert.


We are. Photo: Andy Samwick. Dobb’s Ferry sign by @signsbyLAF.

On Friday afternoon, I heard the devastating news about our shutdown after returning from an outdoor holiday lunch with a dear industry friend, and like so many of us, felt like our city was just sucker-punched, even though we knew things were not looking good. I started to imagine the panic, fear, anger, sadness, desperation, and sense of dread and defeat rippling through the hospitality industry (among others). So many lives and livelihoods affected. Too many.

I spent the weekend speaking to some industry folks, reading so many missives on social media, and doing a lot of thinking and writing. If there was ever a moment when I would hope you could take the time to read my column, this is it. Apologies in advance, it’s a long essay, but I felt it was important to share these observations, which is why I’m in your inbox on my “off” week. What is happening to the industry right now is dire, and there are various ways we really need to step up, now.

I know many of you are wondering how to help. It’s kind of like Groundhog Day, and we’re returning to March again, wondering who’s open, who’s doing delivery and takeout, and now who’s hibernating, and tragically, we’re seeing who’s closing for good. I’ll be sharing updates in my @tablehopper Instagram Stories and Highlights, as I’ve been doing the past eight months. Stand by for further action items coming—I should have some updates on tablehopper’s Twitter and Facebook accounts soon.

We need to be diligent about staying safe and getting this surge tamped down, now, so I have some thoughts about that, too. I’m sure you’ll have some thoughts and comments and ideas as well. I will try to reply when I can, but my inbox is truly out of control right now, thanks for understanding.

Help save independent restaurants. Our bars. Our clubs. Our industry. All our local businesses. They need us now more than ever.

Thank you for all your support,

View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Dec 8 2020