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Restaurants Are Getting Creative With Their Home Delivery Options

Curbside spaghetti and meatballs, or braised short ribs with rosemary jus?

Deep-fried soft-shell crab from Hutong. 

Deep-fried soft-shell crab from Hutong. 

Photographer: Evan Ortiz/Bloomberg

The coronavirus has already had a huge impact on the hospitality industry in general, but some sectors have been hit worse than others. Restaurants in Chinatowns across the country are shuttering, at least temporarily, as some places reporting declines in sales of as much as 80%.

In Seattle, the disease caused by the virus has escalated so quickly that Starbucks is considering limited seating and drive-thru only. The city’s most famous chef, Tom Douglas, has announced that he’s temporarily closing 12 of his 13 restaurants after a 90% drop in business. In New York, the James Beard Award-winning chef Tom Colicchio reports that his business has gone down 70%.