In food deserts, COVID-related restaurant closures are especially devastating.

By Ashley Davis, for High Ground News

Across the nation, the coronavirus pandemic has hit local restaurants hard.

Many Memphis restaurant owners shut their doors last week in response to Mayor Jim Strickland’s Safer at Home executive order. Their options were to close or offer take-out only.

But in food deserts like North Memphis, the loss of sit-down restaurants is devastating not just for workers and business owners but residents too. These are the businesses, along with corner stories, that keep food deserts from being truly barren.

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