Bars and restaurants in São Paulo were allowed to open their doors this week as the city entered the fourth stage of its economic reopening plan, after more than three months in quarantine. However, for many owners, facing the operational costs and health risks of opening up for business without being sure that customers will show up is not yet worth the gamble.
Some of the city’s most famous eateries — such as Arturito, run by celebrity chef Paola Carosella, and Rodrigo Oliveira’s Mocotó — have decided to remain closed, operating only on a delivery and takeaway basis. On its official Instagram profile, the Mocotó team said they will open their dining room “when we feel safe. We are taking care of both our health and that of our customers.”