Prof. Matti Siemiatycki weighs in on the importance of restaurants and bars to the city

July 30, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic led to many restaurants shutting down, some permanently. This has led to a significant impact on racialized, queer, and immigrant communities. With the food and drink industry functioning as important participants in Toronto’s economy, there is work to do to improve our neighbourhoods.

Professor Matti Siemiatycki explores the meaning of diversity in Toronto’s neighbourhoods and how the closure of restaurants and bars will impact communities. He shares that "Restaurants and bars ... are the places where commerce happens, but also where a community is formed."

Read the story here. (via Toronto Star)

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