BOSTON — A group of more than 100 Massachusetts restaurant owners sent an open letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and state lawmakers asking that they be allowed to start reopening on May 19.
Under the name MA Restaurant and Jobs Group, the group is made up of locally-owned food service businesses and headed by Phantom Gourmet owner Dave Andelman. The group said 150,000 of the state’s 300,000 hospitality jobs have been lost since Baker ordered restaurant dining rooms closed in March. The group also said 60,000 of the lost jobs may not come back.
“Unlike the owners and presidents of most of these multibillion-dollar, multinational companies, we live here and work in our stores, so our safety measures impact us and our