Social distancing and lost revenues: Baltimore’s high-end restaurants do one pivot after another to avoid disaster

For now, the restaurant, with its marble table tops and velvet draped stage, sits empty, its grand opening delayed by the pandemic. When Monarque finally greets its first guests this fall, it will face a fine dining landscape its architects could scarcely have imagined. Business lunches and dinners and large-scale events have ground to a halt. Dress codes now require face masks, and COVID-wary guests may no longer wish to linger for multi-course meals. Many restaurants have shut...