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Coronavirus Will Change the Way We Dine Out

By: Lynn Allison

Restaurants are reopening in Texas but with major changes that offer a preview of what it’s going to be like to dine out after the coronavirus crisis.

At Coltivare, an Italian restaurant in Houston, all the tables were moved outdoors and covered with easily replaceable brown butcher paper instead of pristine white table cloths. Gone were the standard salt and pepper shakers and cloth napkins. In their place were bottles of hand sanitizer and utensils in vacuum-sealed packaging.

According to NBC News, Coltivare’s owner and chef Ryan Pena researched safety precautions that Hong Kong restaurants used following the SARS outbreak in 2003. The directives suggested by the International Journal of Hospitality Management included:

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