15 messages of hope and uncertainty in Boston restaurant windows

“We are strong and overcome difficulties together.” Jin’s in Coolidge Corner remains open for takeout and delivery.

Allium Market, a neighborhood grocer in Coolidge Corner, is open for curbside pickup or delivery.

As social distancing regulations upend Boston’s dining scene — a change that Gov. Charlie Baker extended through May 4 — chefs and restaurant owners are faced with difficult choices. Is it sustainable to stay open for takeout and delivery? Do they close for the time being? How do they get the word out to customers?

Many restaurants in the Boston area communicate with loyal diners on social media, but a few are still taking a more classic route: A message in the window. From handwritten notes to takeout menus, and unemployment resources, here are some signs of the times.

What have you seen in your neighborhood shop windows? Send us a photo and the restaurant name at [email protected], and we may feature it in an upcoming article.


Union Square DonutsAt Union Square Donuts’ Coolidge Corner location, a handwritten note from owner Josh Danoff encourages customers to keep up with social media for updates.

Sweet Cheeks Q


Tiger Mama

Although chef Tiffani Faison’s Fenway restaurants (Sweet Cheeks Q, Orfano, and Tiger Mama) initially offered takeout and delivery options, they have all since closed temporarily.

Allium Market

Allium Market

Allium Market, a neighborhood grocer in Coolidge Corner, is still open and selling everything in the store via curbside pickup or delivery.

Kosher Wok

Coolidge Corner Chinese spot The Kosher Wok announced their closure in a handwritten note.

Eastern Standard

Although Kenmore Square’s Eastern Standard is closed during the COVID-19 outbreak, they encourage you to support local businesses by purchasing gift cards to use once restaurants reopen.


After an announcement that all locations of chef Jody Adams’ Saloniki Greek restaurants would close during COVID-19, its Fenway restaurant re-opened on March 19 for takeout and delivery with a daily limited menu.



Coolidge Corner restaurant and cocktail bar Parlour is closed, but a note from owners Luke Hayden and Meghan Murphy encourages customers to buy gift cards, support the U.S. Bartenders Guild’s National Charity Foundation, and “take care of each other.”

Shanghai Gate Allston

A bilingual sign in front of Shanghai Gate in Allston announces that the restaurant will be closed until after the outbreak is over.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market, the food hall in Fenway that opened last year, posted a temporary closure on their door until “#quarantineandchill is not trending anymore.” 

Tasty Burger       

Tasty Burger’s original location in the heart of Fenway is closed until they “put together a long-term plan,” and currently offering gift cards for use once the restaurant reopens.

White Horse Tavern

White Horse Tavern

The White Horse Tavern in Allston is closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Behind their St. Patrick’s Day window decor, they posted resources for people who may qualify for unemployment benefits.


Tarboosh in Allston on April 1, 2020.

The interior of Tarboosh in Allston has been reconfigured for physical distancing. They are still serving food, which you can pick up at a central table.


Jin’s, a restaurant in Coolidge Corner that serves primarily Chinese and Japanese favorites, remains open for takeout and delivery. “We are strong and overcome difficulties together,” the sign reads.


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