Close the roads. Reclaim the parking lots. Put restaurants outside.
When the shutdowns end, America will reopen with a set of restrictions that seem designed to leave most cities closed for the foreseeable future.
Restaurants and bars, in particular, will have trouble handling the new rules. In Texas, for example, restaurants may reopen on Friday for dine-in service at 25 percent capacity. Anyone who has ever waited tables will tell you that is not a sustainable business model. It’s hard enough in sprawling Houston, where bars are being outfitted with...