Strict hygiene standards enforced with restricted capacity limits
BY JOSH RESNEK
Indoor dining has returned but will the patrons return to the diners and restaurants?
This is the big question as Phase 2 of the state’s reopening process begins in this era of the new normal.
There is no capacity limit, but all tables must be six feet apart.
Bar seating is not allowed.
Customers and workers must wear face masks.
Table servers must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer between each table interaction.
Local restaurants are all complying with state mandates that require these extraordinary health and hygiene standards as well as restrictions on numbers who can dine inside establishments.
Everything communal – buffets, drink stations, topping bars are not allowed.
Paper menus are required.
For the city’s many and varied restaurant and food outlet owners, a collective sigh of relief has been exhaled, as the return to a semblance of normalcy aids proprietors in their struggle to stay alive financially.
However, the return to the new normal will not be as easy or neat or clean as the way things used to be before the Coronavirus kicked us in the butt.
Nowhere is this going to be more obvious than at the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel, the city’s largest employer, source of income and business. With everything now set at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with an extensive agreement detailing exactly what the casino must to do reopen, the way is cleared for a possible reopening on June 29th or thereabout.
A spate of articles appearing in trade journals and in the Boston Herald indicate that Encore’s hiring of 5200 employees has decimated the employment pool for many local restaurants.
Local restaurants, the articles all indicated, are having to pay bonuses or higher salaries, or to renegotiate contracts with chefs and restaurant personnel because Encore has pulled away so many to work inside the restaurants at its casino.
In general, Encore has hired away thousands of hospitality workers, making the employment marketplace for such workers extremely thin.
Redefining the steakhouse experience, Rare Steakhouse features the most curated and unique steak program in NewEngland. Rare Steakhouse is one of an exclusive collection of restaurants in the U.S. to offer certified Kobe beef.
These exclusive Japanese cuts are served along side hard-to-find bourbon and
scotch selections, complete with stunning views of the Harbor walk and Mystic River.Under the careful supervision of Executive Chef Taylor Kearney, Rare Steakhouse will leverage a state-of-the-art, dry aging process on-site. Dinner served nightly.
One of only two restaurants in the world authorized by the Sinatra family,Sinatra
is a culinary salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Chef TJ Ricciardi provides modern and sophisticated riffs on familiar Italian classics that Frank himself would have loved. The singer’s charisma and style are kept alive through an experiential dinner menu and playful cocktail names that reflect familiar Sinatra songs. Dinner served nightly.
The 24-hour coffee shop serves coffee from La Colombe, sweet treats like ice cream and house baked gourmet pastries, and surprising concoctions such as Frosé. A team of skilled baristas craft exquisite espresso drinks, specialty teas and smoothies, while salads, sandwiches and rolls offer around-the-clock options to satisfy any craving. Open 24 hours daily.
New England’s classic roastery posts their flagship location on the CasinoFloor at Encore Boston Harbor.Coffee specialties and Dunkin’ favorites can be found here 24/7.Open 24 hours daily. 21+.
Translating to “brothers,”Fratelli honors Boston’s North End with Southern Italian cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. Local restaurateursFrankDePasquale and Nick Varano are proud to bring Hanover Street to Encore Boston Harbor with this new concept. 21+.
Elevated all-day American dining overlooking the magicalGarden Lobby.Chef Taylor Collis creates seasonally- driven and locally-inspired offerings that satisfy the needs of the celebratory brunch, the business luncheon, or the well- traveled food-lover. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily.
Chef Anthony Micari expertly leads several open kitchens creating Asian inspired shareable plates and sushi in a sophisticated and sexy atmosphere. Set against the backdrop of theBoston skyline, the energy of the buzzing room grows as the evening advances. Dinner served nightly. 21+ after 9:00p.m.
Led by Chef John Ross, the Atlantic Coast of Greater NewEngland comes alive with an interactive approach to the raw bar. Shucked before guests’ eyes, the freshest catch of oysters and clams are accompanied by locally caught Maine lobster, crudos, ceviches and other coastal-inspired specialties. Crisp white and sparkling wines fit side-by-side with beers specifically selected to pair with the bounty of the sea. All-day menu served daily.
ON DECK BURGER BAR
Chef Jacqueline Bullio makes gourmet burgers and American classics come together at Boston’s new favorite sports bar. During time-outs and halftimes, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Casino Floor while sipping on local craft beers and cocktails. All-day menu served daily. 21+.
A signature restaurant fromWynn Resorts comes to Boston. Chef Ivan Yuen masterfully blends the flavors of Southeast Asia with Western techniques to create a singularly delicious experience. Bold flavors and authentic tastes are promised throughout the menu, which features Cantonese noodle dishes, Hong Kong-style dim sum and Peking duck, as well asShanghai andSichuan flavors. Lunch and dinner served daily.
Waterfront features the best of New England craft beer and spirits along side a menu of unique shareable plates. Chef John Ross has created an energetic place to enjoy a drink with friends over a Lobster Roll andFriedOysters. All-day menu served daily. 21+ after 9PM.
This Vegas-style all-you-can-eat indulgence has found its home in Boston.Chef Sidney Semedo leans on international influences to create the bounty of land and sea. Whether it’s regional favorites, home comforts or the cuisines of the world, The Buffet redefines notions of buffet dining and will satisfy any craving. Lunch and dinner served daily, with gourmet dinner onFriday and Saturday, and brunch served on Saturday and Sunday. 21+.