After relying on outdoor spaces and reduced seating to stay open during the pandemic, many local restaurants and bars didn’t hibernate during the winter, but opted to innovate.
Out of necessity, restaurants adapt public spaces for outdoor seating. Will that spark a broader conversation for the future?
After expanding outdoor seating to the adjacent parking lot, Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint and Billy Jack’s Shack have hosted more guests outside while maintaining six-feet of distance between tables. And, in the process, it’s inspiring a wider conversation about reimagining public spaces in downtown Harrisonburg through the pandemic and beyond.
Harrisonburg restaurants are finding creative ways to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic – supporting not only themselves, but their customers and community, too. Magpie & Friends drive-thru market is one new service cheering up a now-eerily quiet downtown.
Community resources in Harrisonburg are under more pressure than ever to adapt to new conditions in wake of COVID-19 and provide services to those who may not have needed them before — or now need them in more intensive ways.From food banks to homeless shelters to direct fundraising efforts, The Citizen has compiled a list of various organizations and businesses in Harrisonburg in need of extra support.
Food service employees have been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. Now that dining rooms in Harrisonburg are shut down, restaurants have been closing or transitioning to curbside pickup and delivery. Even employees of establishments that are still open have suffered via reduced hours or tips. In a system where most servers are paid less than minimum wage, the lack of customers — and, subsequently, tips — has led to uncertainty about the future among service workers who spoke with The Citizen.
The Citizen will be updating as closings and other announcements as they are made.