Hilo restaurants reeling

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Roxanne at Blane’s Drive Inn talks to a customer after giving her food to go Thursday at the outdoor seating restaurant in Hilo. Blane’s is only serving to-go orders and has completely blocked off outdoor seating.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A customer walks to Don’s Grill in Hilo to pick up his food April 3 after waiting in the car. Don’s Grill is offering takeout and only allowing one customer inside at a time.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Cronies manager Nathan Smith hands an online order to a patron outside the restaurant April 1 in Hilo. Cronies fast-tracked its online ordering service as the outbreak of COVID-19 took hold in the U.S. and has been serving food curbside.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald A delivery driver with Express Waiters leaves Hilo Siam Thai Restaurant while making deliveries April 1. The online service allows people to browse restaurants and order from a restaurant’s menu while a driver picks it up and brings it to a particular address.

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Customers at Blane’s Drive Inn wait a safe distance apart April 2 at the restaurant in Hilo. Many businesses have closed or remained open with only takeout, curbside and delivery options available.

Restaurant owners in Hilo are struggling to stay positive while changing the way they are operating during the COVID-19 outbreak.