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Restaurants In Crisis

Brian Albers

Restaurants have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the prognosis for their future doesn’t look good.

The food journalist Matt Goulding spoke to dozens of people in the dining business to find out how restaurants are doing in these difficult times. According to one industry insider he spoke with, America’s independent restaurants aren’t just struggling, they’re facing “an extinction event.” That’s dire news for the vast web of businesses, farmers and employees that make their living cooking food, and the millions of diners that love eating out. Goulding and a panel of local restaurateurs joins us to explore how restaurants are adapting to the “new normal” and how we’ll eat when this crisis is over.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.