Last week marked the first real glimpse of how COVID-19 will cripple the restaurant industry as thousands of New Jersey workers were forced to stay home.
Nationally, the restaurant industry employs over 15 million people. Economic impacts from Coronavirus on the Country’s second largest private sector could exceed $225 billion. This blow also includes an excess of 5 million jobs lost.
In Jersey City, restaurants and small business owners were forced to make hard decisions ever since Mayor Steven Fulop enacted a 10 p.m. the weekend of March 14th.
Some local restaurants were able to offer delivery and curbside options while others, were left with no choice but to close indefinitely.
Last week, Ani Ramen, had a different response to the crisis. The popular ramen house chain provided free family meal kits at its Newark Ave location in Jersey City, NJ on Thursday March 19 (as well as their Montclair and Maplewood). All of Ani Ramen’s locations are dine-in only and subsequently closed following the announce by Gov. Phil Murphy on March 16.