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Massachusetts restaurants heading into hibernation until spring

With many people still wary of indoor dining as winter approaches, some restaurant owners are choosing to close their businesses until the spring in hopes of saving money.

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Restaurant owners in Massachusetts are being forced to make tough choices as the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on.

With many people still wary of indoor dining as winter approaches, some of them are choosing to close their restaurants until the spring in hopes of saving money.

The Emory and Grand Tour in Boston are among those restaurants choosing to go into hibernation.

Steve "Nookie" Postal, who owns The Commonwealth in Cambridge, chose to temporarily close at the end of September, believing it to be the better of two terrible choices.

"In New England, it's just not possible," Postal said. "For me, the more controlled bleed was better than these hemorrhaging swings of just, like, bleeding money."

"Once you open the doors, you have significant amount of investment in labor (and) significant amount of investment in product, and product that is fresh and has a short shelf life," said Bob Luz, president and chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. "So in many cases, it's just going to be a better business decision."

Postal and other restaurant owners are desperate for more aid and are pleading with the federal government for another stimulus package.

"In five days, they came out with the CARES Act. It helped immensely," Postal said.

Postal hopes to reopen The Commonwealth in either March or April. He believes his restaurant can survive the economic toll of the pandemic if he can keep his business afloat until May.