Across Ohio, restaurant doors and windows are covered with paper. At first glance, it may look like a haphazard attempt at privacy, but closer inspection reveals something different. Disclaimers, apologies for the inconvenience, and messages of hope are written and taped to the doors and windows of some of our favorite places. For a lot of restaurants, the message is, “We’ll be back!”. For others, the message is, “…we hope.” It’s a sad truth for many of Ohio’s beloved eateries. COVID-19 has closed the doors of both national chains and family-owned restaurants without discrimination. For some, that means lights out. For others, it’s meant having to change the way business is done.
Many Ohio restaurants have taken to serving carry-out only as a means to stay afloat and keep people employed during troubling times. They are continuing to operate, to feed their communities and provide some semblance of “normal” in a time that most certainly isn’t. They provide us hope that, eventually, we’ll be able to enjoy a meal sitting in our favorite booth or on our favorite patio. These are some of the restaurants in our region that have remained open for takeout-only during this time.