When the coronavirus struck, Jerry Garbus was compelled to close all but one of the three of the Manhattan Beach restaurants he managed: a steakhouse called The Arthur J. He funneled all the orders from his new takeout business to their kitchen and hoped for the best.

"Nobody had any data as to what kind of support or what kind of demand there would be during the pandemic," said Garbus, a director of operations for Manhattan Beach-based Simms Restaurants.

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