New York City’s Struggling Restaurant Industry Gets Lifeline

New York City restaurant owner Ricky Dolinsky is bringing his staffing levels back to prepandemic levels in light of the state’s decision to allow limited indoor dining later this month.

Mr. Dolinsky’s Lower East Side restaurant, Tzarevna, was closed for three months because of the coronavirus pandemic and reopened this summer for outdoor dining. He said he is planning to hire at least two or three more workers for indoor dining service.

“We do expect people to go back to indoor dining,” Mr. Dolinsky said. “People definitely want to go back to normal life right now, and restaurants are such fixtures of neighborhoods.”

 

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