RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Everywhere globally, small food businesses have been among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many had no option but to shut down, some have shrunk their production to an even smaller scale, others have fully transitioned to delivery apps.
In Rio de Janeiro's Lapa, one of the neighborhoods that have always relied on its eventful cultural life, eateries has gone through a critical moment after March 2020, when most people adhered to social distancing measures. The situation remains challenging for many of Lapa's businesses - a case unlikely to change while the pandemic . . .