My work wife and I went into the office today. My first time being back at my desk since last Tuesday. After being at our respective desks for a while we decided coffee was needed, but in world of coronavirus the question then became – who is open?

Generally, there are no less than ten places within walking distance in which coffee could be procured on a normal weekday. But this is not a normal day which we quickly reminded. The kiosks were closed. The concession stand was closed. The two popular restaurant chains were closed. The three Starbucks in the immediate area were closed.

I work for an agency that provides essential services, in my area are other agencies that also provide essential services. We’re all 24/7/366 we knew someone had to be open in the area and we found it.

Unlike the chains, this is a privately owned bar/restaurant. The owner understood that essential workers were still coming in and we have to eat. Yes, a lot of the food options were trimmed from the menu, and all of it was take-out only now, but it was open for business.

In the mornings around 9am, there is always a line of workers getting their grub and the oh so necessary caffeine fix. However, knowing there is always a line is one thing. Seeing that same line with social distancing engaged is another.

Granted exactly how close/far the suggested six feet of distance between people needs to be worked by some out, but it was in place.

Food line up in the time of Corona…

I got on the quickly growing line to hold a place while my work-wife went to the register to find out if we had to be on it to get coffee. Luckily, because we were only getting coffee we did not have to get on line. We were in and out of there quickly.

It’s a unique world we’re in right now. We know it’s not easy for the owners or the workers who come in to keep us caffeinated and fed. But it is appreciated.


Wow Day 26! I’m essentially kicking it for today’s Slice of Life Writing Challenge for 2020.

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4 thoughts on “Eat-sentially…

  1. There are so many unsung heroes out there fulfilling the needs of essential workers. Everyone has to make choices based on what they feel is right for themselves, their employees, and their patrons. It is hard not to have the choices that just a couple of weeks ago were so common.

  2. I’m glad you found your coffee! I ventured out today, too. Mostly I just wanted to take a walk, but I also went to the grocery store and then to buy some wine (at last!). It was lovely to be out after almost a full week indoors, but it was also weird. My neighborhood is such a full and busy one, and it was so empty today. I’m glad people are socially-distancing themselves … but I miss them!

    • At first I was thinking that I might have to bring my own coffee in. Now that I know the restaurant is open I will support them as they are supporting us. But yes, that ghost town feel in usually teeming streets of downtown Brooklyn is disconcerting.

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