A few items from the retail world. When I was in Newtonville on Sunday Rancatore’s was already closed, and it looked like LeDu’s Thai wasn’t doing a brisk business, or nearly any at all. The Cherry Tree in West Newton announced that this is the end for them, making tonight a last call. Across the street, the West Newton Cinema set up a GoFundMe page just to try to stay alive. The Dumpling House in West Newton has seen sales drive 80% recently, and when I walked in to pick up a takeout order the other day there was not one person in the restaurant.
The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has launched a Dine Local Takeout Challenge to try to drive business to some of the local restaurants trying to stay afloat. I know my wife is hoping that Sandwich Works in Newton Centre is able to make a go of its takeout-only business.
However long this lasts, the retail landscape in Newton is going to look a lot different on the other side.