On June 22, restaurants in Montreal were allowed to reopen their dining rooms. But with a requirement to enforce social distancing, Pizza Pinoli decided it would not resume dine-in service. With only a few tables, reopening would not be worth the risk, said server Sharif El Sayed.\n"We're okay," he said. "We’re seeing how it translates out and we’re keeping as it is for now."\nThe family-run pizza shop in NDG will continue relying exclusively on takeout and delivery for now, said El Sayed.\nPinoli’s is not the only eatery taking a careful approach to opening up its dining room. While some are welcoming a limited number of guests, others are relying on deliveries but there could still be hard times ahead for Montreal’s beloved restaurants.\nOn Monday, the dining room at the venerable Snowdon Deli was open but dine-in business was down to about a quarter of what it would be on a typical Monday, said co-owner Sophy Agelopoulos.\n"The tables so far aren’t very busy but it’s understandable because people are afraid and especially the older clientele is more afraid to dine out," said Agelopoulos.\nBut with Canada Day festivities just around the corner, Agelopoulos said a clearer picture of sales would emerge in the coming weeks.\nDuring the three months of lockdown, the deli had enough pickup and delivery customers to pay the bills, she said, and now with reopening underway they’re slowly welcoming back servers and cooks, many of whom have been with the business for over 20 years.\nShe said they’ve worked hard to accommodate guests' safety concerns for the reopening. There is plexiglass between the tables, the place is cleaned regularly, and servers are wearing face masks and visors.\n"I feel very safe about reopening," she said. "We’re taking all the precautions necessary."\nView this post on Instagram As June 22nd is quickly approaching, we started getting ready to open our restaurant doors again, as well as to restart our regular takeout service. Our friend at @mtlpartysetupcustom did an amazing job at installing the Plexiglas barriers. You can barely tell they are there! We can’t wait to see you all again! A post shared by Snowdon Deli (@snowdondeli) on Jun 11, 2020 at 6:12pm PDT\nRyu Sushi was forced to shut down in mid-March but the much-loved restaurant has adapted to restrictions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19.\nIt began offering delivery and takeout in April from both its Westmount and downtown locations.\nOn Tuesday they reopened their dining room for dinner at 50% capacity and will start lunch service at a later date, said manager Jorge Da Silva.\n"I think the response will be good," he said. "People want to go out, they want to get back to normal."\nReopening dine-in service means Ryu will be able to hire back a number of staff, said Da Silva, "but that has been a bit difficult because some employees are on the "Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)."\nThe federal program guarantees $500-a-week for people whose jobs or earnings have vanished because of the pandemic.\nView this post on Instagram We are open and ready for your order! Enjoy your Thursday night with some fresh, sustainable sushi. Full takeout and delivery menu at ryusushi.ca (link in bio) Peel: 514-446-1468 Westmount: 514-320-0191 - Nous sommes ouverts et prêts pour votre commande! Profitez de votre jeudi soir avec des sushis frais de pêches durables. Menu complet pour emporter sur ryusushi.ca (lien en bio) Peel: 514-446-1468 Westmount: 514-320-0191 A post shared by Ryu (@ryu.sushi) on Jun 4, 2020 at 8:07am PDT\nIf they don’t earn $500 per week, servers and staff could end up losing money if their salary and tips don’t add up to that sum.\nIn that event, Ryu will make up the difference for its staff, said Da Silva.\n"We’re willing to compensate them, we’re willing to match it," he said. "We told ourselves, 'they took the risk to come in' and at the end of the day, the staff being happy, that’s the key to our success."\nLovers of vegan sushi should be pleased to learn that Sushi Momo is reopening its dining room on June 23, as well.\nMomo has taken a number of protective measures including supplying staff with full-face protection and a new disposable single-use menu, which will be printed on recycled paper, said the restaurant in a statement.\n"We look forward to welcoming you back to Momo soon," it said.\nDespite the slow reopening of the economy, the prognosis for the nation’s restaurants appears to be grim.\nAccording to a new survey from Restaurants Canada, six out of 10 eateries across the country are losing money.\nIt’s been especially hard for independent operations, 22% of which said they were just breaking even.\nFor restaurants that have reopened their dining rooms, only 31% of independent operations and 43% of restaurants with multiple locations said doing so has improved business, though a number said it was still too soon to tell.