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In a three-week period in March, the nation’s restaurants lost $25 billion and 3 million jobs. That’s according to statistics released by the National Restaurant Association.

Restaurants in Ohio reported a $700 million sales drop since Gov. DeWine ordered them closed in mid-March.

While many have closed, others are getting by with curbside service, home delivery, or new offerings altogether.

Restaurants and bars across the Miami Valley are preparing for what could be an indefinite shutdown. On Sunday in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine temporarily banned sitdown service.

The order allows takeout and delivery to continue. And it extends unemployment benefits to affected workers without paid leave. And many business owners in Dayton’s restaurant industry are urging workers to take advantage of the help.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 16, 2020
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered the state’s dine-in restaurants and bars closed until further notice, the latest restriction enacted by the governor to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The order includes carveouts for carryout and delivery. In his remarks Sunday afternoon, the governor promised action to ease the hardship for affected service workers.

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At the South Village Grill, manager Drew DeBoard struggled to decide whether to call Sunday night’s reservations. She seemed a bit shocked that her restaurant was closing.

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In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising against gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily COVID-19 press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on Friday, March 13, 2020.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has closed all the state's bars and dine-in restaurants until further notice, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. Restaurants will still be allowed to stay open for carry out and delivery.

Chefs In The City: The Best Local Pizza

Mar 6, 2020
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Roughly 70,000 pizzerias are operating in the United States right now. One in four of those pizzerias is a Domino’s, Pizza Hut, or Papa John’s.

Chefs In The City: Romantic Eats

Feb 7, 2020
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February 14 is the time for tablecloths, candle lights and romantic Valentine’s Day dinners out. Local restaurants are cooking up lavish and delicious dishes to share. 

After almost 10 minutes of standing in line at a coffee shop, Ritchie Torres realized he only had cash in his pocket — a form of payment no longer accepted by this store.

"It was a humiliating experience," he said. "I remember wondering aloud, how could a business refuse to accept cash, which is legal tender?"

Chefs In The City: Columbus Restaurants In 2020

Jan 3, 2020
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It’s a new year and that means another wave of new restaurants are set to open in Columbus over the next 12 months. 

But the close of 2019 also brings news of restaurants that shut down this past year.

Pulling into the drive-through lane to order a burger and fries is getting harder in some U.S. cities.

In August, Minneapolis became the latest city to pass an ordinance banning the construction of new drive-through windows. Similar legislation restricting or banning the ubiquitous windows has also passed in Creve Coeur, Mo.; Long Beach, Calif.; and Fair Haven, N.J.

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule governing the wages of tipped employees, after an earlier effort sparked a backlash from waitstaff, bartenders and other workers.

Mitchell Hall And The Growth Of Culinary School

Sep 4, 2019
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A new culinary arts center has opened at Columbus State Community College in an 80,000-square-foot building that will include a culinary theater, teaching kitchens, and also house a restaurant and bakery cafe.

But Mitchell Hall - named for lead donor and restaurant mogul Cameron Mitchell - is more than just a wanna-be chef’s dream; it reflects a growing interest in the culinary trades as a profession.

Today on All Sides: U.S. culinary schools, the business model and their growing popularity.


A local organization is trying a new way to satisfy the community’s cravings for traditional Jewish food. Every other year, Temple Israel Sisterhood hosts the Art and Jewish Food Festival in Akron.

Abdilahi Hassan started Hoyo's Kitchen on Cleveland Avenue five years ago. He opens a North Market location this week.
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Abdilahi Hassan shakes hands with a contractor before getting back to unpacking boxes. It’s a busy time for the restauranteur, who’s leaping into the downtown Columbus food scene by opening Hoyo’s Kitchen inside North Market this week.