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Coronavirus Bay Area: San Francisco restaurants get creative during COVID-19 crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco’s 5,000 restaurants and some restaurants are hurting right now. Many are closing their doors completely or laying off the majority of their staff.

We checked out some businesses that choose to stay open and adapt to changing times, trying to stay afloat.

In San Francisco’s Outer Richmond, Cassava restaurant does more than just takeout. There is an online virtual tip jar for their staff.

“We urge other restaurants to do the same because it will take a long time to get their employment checks,” said restaurant owner Yuki Loroi.

Cassava also takes take-out orders and offers special family meals.

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Restaurants are also adapting in other ways. Instead of serving $170 omakase meals, a Michelin Star Ju-Ni sushi bar offers chirashi fish and rice bowls for just $35.

At Il Casaro in North Beach, they transformed a window that’s usually reserved for guests.

Franceso Covucci, the owner of the restaurant has transformed it into a contactless take-out showcase. While wearing gloves, he demonstrates how easy it is for him to then place a pizza box or take-out order on the bar for a customer to reach.

“I want to thank the community of North Beach and all of San Francisco. The pizzeria was born to bring people together. We do it with broken hearts!” said Covucci.

Others offer discounts on takeout and takeout orders, such as Z&Y Restaurant and Chili House. Their chef Lijun Han, who has cooked for many dignitaries holds up a sign, even thanking customers for their orders.

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Selling gift cards is another way restaurants can build cash and give away freebies. I had this Thai tea with my takeout mango sticky rice dessert at Na-Ya Desserts.

Laurie Thomas of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association also has this idea, which has already been used in other parts of the country to protect owners.

“A business sells something at a 25% discount. For $75, you get $100 worth. It’s clearly stated that if the business doesn’t reopen, it’s non-refundable,” Thomas said.

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