The line separating restaurants and grocery stores further blurred during the pandemic. Without dining rooms full of customers, many restaurants (Pisolino, Daisies) embraced the general store model and began selling gourmet items, produce, and sauces. Meanwhile, traditional grocers enjoyed record profits with the general public cooking more at home after doctors told them to avoid restaurants to be safe.
But still, stores face stiff competition from online retailers like Amazon, and that’s something the braintrust behind Dom’s Kitchen & Market wanted to address even before COVID-19. The owners of