Chef José Andrés Closes D.C. and NYC Restaurants and Opens Community Kitchens for Takeout Food

Chef and humanitarian activist José Andrés has closed his restaurants in D.C. and NYC, citing the desire to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. “We are in an unprecedented emergency,” he said on Twitter, “and as painful as it is, ALL restaurants, bars, etc. must be closed across America if we are to avoid what’s happening in other countries. This is the only way.” Per a press release, the restaurant employees will be “provided with paid leave and current health benefits for at least the first two weeks.”

As of today, all of his D.C. restaurants (including Minibar and the entire Jaleo portfolio) are closed. Some will be transformed into what the chef is calling “community kitchens” in conjunction with Andrés’s nonprofit World Central Kitchen.   READ MORE and See the Listing of Community Kitchens in New York and DC