RichmondTimes: Saltbox Oyster Co. restaurant is the latest business victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chef and owner Matthew Tlusty confirmed this week that he closed his year-and-a-half old oyster and seafood restaurant at Willow Lawn for good.
“This is 100% COVID-related,” Tlusty said.
The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the full-service restaurant industry as the social distancing necessary to slow the spread the virus has effectively killed the entire business model.
In Virginia, restaurant dining rooms were shuttered for more than two months and even under the current Phase Three guidelines, which went into effect July 1 and allow full capacity inside restaurants, the 6 feet of distance between tables and the continued closure of bar seating has meant, operationally, less than full capacity. Regardless of capacity, though, most people are still not comfortable dining out. more