By Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader
A year ago, patrons at Taj India in Manchester’s downtown could serve themselves curry from the lunch buffet.
Today, servers bring individual stainless steel trays of food to customers’ tables with the option of another helping at no additional cost.
“They can eat as much as they can,” owner Rakesh Kumar said last week. “If someone wants more chicken, you can have more chicken.”
Kumar said he could assign workers to serve customers at the buffet station, but with many office workers toiling remotely, he doesn’t have the crowds yet at his Elm Street restaurant.
Customers surely don’t derive the same joy as scanning the buffet choices and spooning an unfamiliar option on their plate to taste test.
The pandemic — which has quelled many joyful acts, big and small — is approaching the first anniversary of Gov. Chris Sununu’s order last March 16 banning indoor dining for what turned out to be months. Today, many people remain leery of eating indoors until they are vaccinated.
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