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Milk Street Cafe goes into hibernation

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Milk Street Cafe, one of Boston's few kosher restaurants and caterers, is closing up completely for the winter and will re-open in the spring due to Covid-19 concerns.

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Sorry, not sorry. I have the receipt to prove it. With a straight face they said they had upped their prices.

Boston News Cafe one block south - Two muffins of superior quality - $5.25 in total. Not going back come spring to 50 Milk, going to Winthrop Lane from now on.

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Well considering they are going into hibernation maybe they were telling the truth? I imagine getting specialized ingredients right now must be hit or miss. I also imagine as a catering service they most likely have seen massive losses on that side of the business.

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They took one last shot at being able to afford to stay open by raising their prices. It didn't work and so they closed.

They clearly weren't making ends meet with the existing prices given the decrease in foot traffic and business catering. They could have tried lowering prices to attract more people but that's an expensive attempt which might have only lost more money.

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They also could have raised their prices to cover PPE for their employees. I've seen a few restaurants add a surcharge for PPE to cover the extra costs to the business.

This is a time where we should be monetarily supporting our favorite businesses to help them survive, not shaming them for charging an extra dollar to make ends meet. (Also tip, tip bigger and more generously than you have ever tipped before.)

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This is a really interesting place due to the Kosher set-up of the food stations. Great salads, quick service. Maybe a little pricier, but there are tables to eat at and your could actually take a business contact there for an informal lunch.
This makes perfect business sense for them, but its too bad. I hope they make it through all this.

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I hope that Christopher Kimball can get back on his feet as soon as possible.

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I hope that Christopher Kimball can get back on his feet as soon as possible.

For those not knowing the back story, Milk Street Cafe is a beloved long-established local business. Kimball, with no connection to the restaurant, helped himself to the "Milk Street" name for his food-related businesses. The cafe tried to fight it, but litigation is expensive and Kimball had the resources to outspend the little guy, and so, under the Golden Rule (them that's got the gold makes the rules) prevailed.

Back on his feet? I hope Kimball slips and falls on the ice and never gets up.

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but that should stop the confusion.

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No longer confused with Jordan Marsh

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They also tried a take-out option at dinner hours with outdoor pickup in places like Cambridge and Brookline. It's too bad they couldn't make that work.

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They're going to take a powder for now and are looking forward to being reconstituted in the spring.
That's the condensed version, anyway.

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I think what's hurting a lot of these small cafes, eateries, lunch spots, in the Downtown area is not only Covid concerns but rather a dwindling customer base. With most or at least many workers in the Financial District working from home, there aren't as many people patronizing these places to justify keeping them open.

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The COVID concerns are what's making people work from home and causing the dwindling customer base. No way any of those corporations Downtown would have even tried working from home if it wasn't for COVID-19.

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