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Bar Manager Eleny Lekas, right at Assistant Manager Kayla Masson set up for curbside pickup business at Cactus Jack’s Grill & Watering Hole on South Willow Street in Manchester on April 10, 2020.

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Assistant Manager Kayla Masson packages chocolate-chip cookies for take out orders at Cactus Jack’s Grill & Watering Hole on South Willow Street in Manchester on Friday.

Working with skeleton crews to make takeout meals, some New Hampshire restaurants are scraping out about 15% of their typical weekly sales — a number that is not only unsustainable, but terrifying, owners say.

“We let over half of our staff go, which was 700 people who were placed on furlough, mostly servers and hourly people,” said Alex Ray, owner of The Common Man restaurants.

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Dining Room Manager Jeni Beauchemin installs signs for curbside parking at Cactus Jack’s Grill & Watering Hole on South Willow Street in Manchester on Friday.

Saturday, April 17, 2021