It’s interesting to read this, because I frequently feel like restaurants are quickly becoming among the only viable small businesses because they are inherently micro-local.
Here in SF, I don’t observe any restaurant decimation. And our household hardly ever orders in because the food is always far worse, and it isn’t much more effort to just walk down the street and eat fresh.
Plus we enjoy the experience of getting out of the house. But perhaps it is different in an urban vs suburban setting. I can imagine that the balance of forces goes the other direction if eating out involves packing the kids into the car, traffic, finding parking, etc.