Serena Maria Daniels, Founder and Editor, Tostada Magazine:
My biggest hope is that Congress or the new administration acts and provides support for the restaurant industry. Not only do tens of thousands of these small businesses need triage-like cash flow to help keep them afloat, but they will need continuous support to help them with whatever new restrictions or regulations will come their way. We need leadership on a federal level to support these backbones of our local economies in a meaningful way. An extra $600 isn’t going to do the trick.
Mark Kurlyandchik, Restaurant Critic, Detroit Free Press:
I hope that the bleeding stops and the long, slow process of rebuilding the industry can safely begin in 2021. Unfortunately, I think there’s a lot more pain to come before that happens, especially in those barren first months of the year. Q1 is going to be a bloodbath if there isn’t substantial financial relief from the government.
Melody Baetens, Restaurant Critic, The Detroit News:
That employees are treated better — by the employers and customers alike. I’d also like to see new concepts and cuisines that we don’t already have a ton of around metro Detroit.
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