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CBS 2’s steven Graves visited the Riverwalk where some restaurants are busy even if people don’t make reservations.
As thousands of people in Chicago welcome in the New Year, for some – a meal at a restaurant will not be a part of celebrations.
There is a group of people we know who are deciding to stay home because of COVID concerns, but restaurants are seeing business in a different way.
Restaurant owner Brian Bruns is making about 40 feasts for families at home.
But it means prepared meal kits of food and drinks are selling out fast.
About a dozen parties also canceled in-house reservations last minute.
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“It’s all because of COVID,” said Bruns. “Some people are wondering if we have any stuff extra because they want to do their dinners at home.” It’s a trend hitting many restaurants we talked to.
A sushi restaurant in River North sold out of fish and fried chicken dinners days before the holiday. Restauranteurs say this is a practice that will stick around for years to come.
“We can serve all of these people, but then we can serve a smaller number of people in the restaurant during the night. And it helps to keep the lights on,” Braun said. As the traditional New Year’s Eve and other holiday celebrations conform to the COVID era.
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