Dine-in service for restaurants in Phoenix proper went dark on at 8 p.m. on March 18. Tempe was next; more will follow, most likely. Many restaurants switched to takeaway and delivery models, and others had to simply close — though hopefully not for good. The Breadfruit & Rum Bar, co-owned by Chef Danielle Leoni, closed last week. But it wasn't long before Leoni was back in action. Leoni initiated the Arizona Small Restaurant Coalition on Saturday, March 21, beginning with a message to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
“Arizona Small Restaurant Coalition represents small independent restaurants in Arizona that are at ground zero of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it reads. “We are calling on you and the State Legislature to take decisive actions to address the impact of this catastrophe on our industry and prevent a total collapse of one of Arizona's greatest economic engines.”
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