Last Call: Any good finally-got-to-eat-in-a-restaurant-again stories out there?

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Nearly a third of U.S. adults have been fully vaccinated, and while everyone should continue to follow guidelines and demonstrate caution, certain activities that we’ve held up throughout the pandemic as beacons of normalcy are, at long last, being entertained. Should I... go to a movie? you might be asking yourself. Another exciting possibility: Can I host my fellow vaccinated friend... in my living room? But nothing has more pull on our collective psyche than eating in restaurants like The Old Days, and that is exactly what some folks have started to do once more, after many months away from their favorite spots.


Have you begun returning to your neighborhood restaurants for indoor dine-in meals? If so, did it feel strange, or was it just like riding a bike? Did you struggle to make small talk with your server after a year of getting rusty at it, or did you catch up with them like old friends? And was the experience as enjoyable as you hoped it would be, or do you think it’ll take a few more trips to get fully comfortable again? We’re all dipping our toes in the water, and hearing other people’s stories could be encouraging.

Marnie Shure is editor in chief of The Takeout.


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Not sure where else to ask this, but is anyone else seeing a huge white space at the top of the site (all the G/O sites) since a couple days ago?