In office catering, sushi Wednesdays replace pizza Fridays

The corporate orders rarely come in on Fridays anymore.

“Friday lunch we used to send 100 pies out the door before we opened,” said Noam Grossman, co-owner of Upside Pizza, which has two Midtown locations. In early November, however, order volume was about 10% of Friday pre-pandemic levels.

With city workers’ in-office schedules changing, perhaps for the long term, restaurants in commercial districts have had to recalibrate an important revenue stream: the catered lunch.

Such orders, usually large and paid for with company dollars, have long been a way for restaurants and food companies to increase sales and keep their spaces and staff busy during slow service

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