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Boston OKs Grocery Sales by Restaurants

Barred by stay-at-home orders from serving sit-down customers, restaurants in Boston may sell grocery items via delivery, curbside pickup and takeout under a temporary policy and guidance the city announced on Friday. Eateries must receive approval from the Boston Licensing Board before beginning grocery sales.

“This is an unprecedented time for all of us in the City of Boston, and our administration is prioritizing how best to keep our residents safe and healthy, while also supporting our businesses and some of our city’s most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Martin Walsh.

He continued, “By allowing restaurants to also sell grocery and other essential items, we can help address social distancing concerns in grocery stores while supporting restaurants and food businesses during these unprecedented times.”

Restaurants interested in selling groceries must follow procedures as outlined by the Inspectional Services Department, ranging from safe handling instructions to allergen information.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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