Danny Meyer, founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), shared a post on Instagram on Friday stating that all of their restaurants will close due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
USHG, which owns 19 restaurants in total in the United States, posted a message on its website expressing its disappointment.
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“We have made the difficult decision to temporarily close for service to prioritize the health and safety of our team, our guests, and our community,” the statement reads.
“While we are fueled by the opportunity to welcome you with warm hospitality, we believe that closing is in the best interest of public health at this time. This is new territory for all of us, and we are making decisions with both our hearts and our minds. We are learning new information daily, and will share updates as we continue to evaluate the best path forward.”
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With the abundance of revenue generated by the various establishments, USHG is in a favourable position to maintain a more comfortable standing in being able to close its numerous doors than most smaller, independently restaurants.
These independent businesses are certainly feeling the impacts of the decreased amount of business due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“For those of us whose passion is to bring people together in a spirit of healing, it’s nearly unfathomable to confront the reality that our very purpose could be a threat to the health and safety of our community,” Meyer said in his post.
“By fully facing this storm today, we hope to return to serving our guests and community sooner rather than later. Our entire team cannot wait for that moment.”
USHG is among the first restaurant groups to close all locations and halt operations.
However, many smaller, local restaurants are still in business, and it is crucial that they receive as much support as they can get.
If you do find your tummy rumbling, we strongly urge you to support your local businesses because, in times like these, every little bit counts.