UNITED STATES, US — “Encore! Encore! Encore!” the crowd chanted after local independent restaurants walked off stage a couple months ago. We caught up with them backstage.


“Listen to them! It feels great to be so loved and needed,” a head server said, quickly chugging a bottle of water and wiping their forehead with a towel. “They really want us back out there. Let’s do it!”


They did a quick lineup huddle and walked out to a maskless crowd of ravenous, cheering diners.


“Thank you so much for your support! We really appreciate it! I think we’ve got a few services left in us,” the host said, taking the podium at the front. “Lets make this count because when we walk off again, it’s going to be forever!”


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