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Paris and New York City (“NYC”) are two cities with a reputation for the best food served by the world’s best restaurants. Without food, their identities lack an essential ingredient. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry in NYC and in France started to feel strained. In France, there was concern about how the European “café” could remain socially relevant in the face of industrial change. In the United States, restaurant culture felt the heat of demands for social justice as restaurant industry workers began to expose deep-seated issues in their work environments. Then, the pandemic hit. With mandatory lockdowns and stay-at-home orders in place, the restaurant industry’s resilience was thoroughly tested. However, in NYC the impact of the pandemic went beyond financial strain on small businesses. It threatened the identity of a city once acclaimed for its art, music, and, above all, its food.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review website on February 1, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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