The virus has hit New York City particularly hard and it was the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. for several months. It continues to be the only place in the nation that has a total ban on indoor dining. There are over 25,000 incredibly diverse eating and drinking establishments in the five boroughs. Our film seeks to explore how this crisis is affecting an industry that is at the heart of the city's cultural, economic and nutritional foundation. If measures are not taken to save restaurants, we run the risk of making our beloved city bland.
- Show the different ways that restaurants have reinvented their space. Some are staying open for delivery, some are providing meals for essential workers or the community, some are now food markets, some have stayed closed to help stop the spread, and yet others have turned to creative uses for rejuvenation.
- Investigate how we can use this "reset" of the industry to bring about change and create better equality in how our businesses are run, particularly for minorities
- Investigate how this situation has sparked a political movement and camaraderie within the restaurant industry.
- Learn about how chefs and restaurateurs are dealing with the personal struggles of closing their businesses and potentially losing what they are so passionate about.
- Bring to light the "silver linings" of this time and how we can use those to inform the way we work in the future.
- Compare a variety of restaurants and see how the shutdown has affected each differently. What can we learn about the business model that can help us in the future?
- Follow along with restaurants during the reopening phases to document the struggle to survive.