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10/08/2020 Stay tuned with daily updates on the reopening of bars and restaurants across the USA.

10 August

One of Dallas’ most popular bars, Katy Trail Ice House, reopened Friday - Dallas News

Despite an order from the Texas governor keeping bars closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown Dallas reopened Friday, Aug. 7 at noon.

The popular outdoor bar has sold more alcohol than nearly any other standalone bar in Dallas in the past year, according to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) figures.

Katy Trail Ice House co-owner Buddy Cramer says he worked with the TABC to reopen his establishment under the agreement that it will begin to sell more food than alcohol.

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10 August

Kentucky to implement 10 p.m. alcohol curfew on bars, restaurants - WLWT5

Speaking during his Thursday afternoon news briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said that his team is working to finalize new guidance for the bar and restaurant industry.

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7 August

Everything You Need to Know About Michigan’s New and Improved Liquor Laws - Eater Detroit

Bars and restaurant owners have been shifting at every turn during the pandemic, aiming to keep their customers and employees safe while keeping the lights on. Amid all the worry, new legislation has lifted some of Michigan’s liquor restrictions, many of which had been in place since Prohibition.

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7 August

Many Colorado restaurants have closed. The ones still open aren’t sure how long they can weather coronavirus - The Colorado Sun

State data shows that even though restaurants have recovered some since April, the industry is still down thousands of jobs. More than 2,500 establishments have shut down since March.

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6 August

Building Phoenix: 6 bars and restaurants coming soon to downtown Phoenix - ABC 15

The area around Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix has welcomed a host of new restaurants, bars, and breweries for people to eat, drink, and hang out in recent months and years.

Despite the constraints that COVID-19 has put on the hospitality industry, many new projects have remained in the works in the Phoenix area and development is moving forward.

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6 August

Baldwin Bar Sibling Ivory Pearl Opens in Brookline - Eater Boston

A new oyster bar and seafood restaurant is opening at 1704 Beacon St. in Brookline’s Washington Square in the space formerly occupied by Grassona’s (and before that, Fairsted Kitchen). Ivory Pearl debuts on August 5, opening for dinner service at 5 p.m.

While the bars at the Baldwin Bar and Blossom Bar focus mostly on tiki and tropical drinks, Duan previously told Eater that Ivory Pearl will feature a cocktail program unlike its siblings — and unlike any other in Boston. “Our focus is to pair not only wine but cocktails with seafood,” he said at the time.

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5 August

Washington’s Indoor Bar Ban Makes Exception for Those That Serve ‘Reasonable Amount’ of Food - Eater Seattle

In newly-modified guidelines, bars and other drinking-focused establishments can serve people inside at half capacity during phase two and three — as long as they either convert their existing food license to a full restaurant license, or make enough food available on their menu.

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5 August

Some closed-up local bars and restaurants are reopening in Central New York - Syracuse

It’s starting to be a little bit of a trend: Several restaurants and bars around Central New York that had closed their doors in recent weeks and months are starting to open back up.

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4 August

How Covid-19 is prompting city bars to evolve - The IWSR

Bars around the world, whether urban or rural, have altered their business models to stay afloat during the pandemic. Many have introduced new safety and hygiene measures, restricted table numbers and implemented mandatory reservation systems to adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

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4 August

Alcohol Sales Jump Everywhere But Pennsylvania, Where A Government Monopoly Has Depressed Commerce - Forbes

According to a new report by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), spirits retail sales in control states were up 19.6% in June compared to the prior year. NABCA found that spirits retail sales rose by double digits in 15 control states, with greater than 20% increases in 10 control states. 

Yet Pennsylvania only saw spirits retail sales increase by single digits, less than 1% in Pennsylvania’s case.

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3 August 

KC bars, restaurants fear possible new restrictions after mayor’s call with White House task force - Fox 4

On Monday, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas shared a call with Dr. Deborah Birx, who’s on the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The mayor said Birx identified our region as a potential hot spot for rising infections.

Her suggestions to curb the spread of the virus would mostly impact bars and restaurants.

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3 August 

NY bar, restaurant crackdown continues with new violations, suspensions - Pix 11

The state has been cracking down on bars and restaurants not following guidelines under Cuomo’s phased reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowding outside of New York City bars and restaurants has been an issue since the weather began to get warmer and the number of new coronavirus cases started to drop in May.

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31 July 

Atlas collaborates with bars on new cocktail series - The Spirits Business

Singapore bar Atlas has launched a series of cocktails in partnership with venues across the world in a bid to support the on-trade community.

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31 July

Bars, restaurants that serve alcohol in Nashville must continue to close at 10 p.m. - WSMV

 Mayor John Cooper is keeping Nashville in a modified Phase Two, which means bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will still have to close at 10 p.m. each night. 

Last week, Cooper signed Public Health Order 9 requiring downtown businesses serving alcohol to shut down at 10 p.m.  On Tuesday, Cooper said he is extending the order. However, there is no end date for that order. 

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31 July 

Judge: Colorado Bars Must Limit Capacity, Abide By Earlier Last Call To Prevent Spread of Coronavirus - CPR News

A Denver district court judge has ruled that Colorado's executive orders limiting capacity in bars and requiring a 10 p.m. last call will stand, rejecting requests for injunctions filed by a group representing bars and restaurants.

“I do see that my decision is going to harm some businesses, and I’m sad about that," Judge Brian Whitney said Thursday while delivering the decision.

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30 July 

15 Exciting DC-Area Bars and Restaurants That Opened in July -  Washingtonian

It’s an incredibly difficult time for restaurants and bars right now. But in spite of it all, a number of independent businesses are still opening and expanding their services around DC. All of these places debuted in July, from full-on restaurant openings to ghost kitchen launches, carryout-only operations and outdoor food and drink gardens.

Remember: double-check hours and reservation policies before you make plans, as both are subject to change these days.

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30 July 

Nielsen Survey: Consumers Are Slowly Returning To Bars And Restaurants - Forbes

Slowly but surely, more Americans are once again beginning to dine out at restaurants in some of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to data from Nielsen CGA, which surveyed 1,560 consumers in California, Florida, New York and Texas (about 400 in each state) between July 17 – 19, 41% of respondents said they had been out to eat this month.

That’s up slightly from the 36% of people who said they went out for a meal four weeks ago, and the 30% who ventured out between the end of May and early June.

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30 July 

Minneapolis mayor orders bar areas closed to slow Covid-19 spread - The Business Journals

Bars and restaurants in Minneapolis will no longer be allowed to have customers order directly from the bar as of Aug. 1.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the new emergency regulation was intended to turn back an “upward trend” in Covid-19 cases. At least nine bars in Minneapolis have been tied to outbreaks, he said.

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29 July 

105 New York Restaurants and Bars Cited For Social-Distancing Violations Over the Weekend - Eater New York

The State Liquor Authority handed out an additional 105 violations to bars and restaurants located in downstate New York — mostly in NYC — over the weekend, the New York Post reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo first made the announcement on his Twitter account Sunday morning, and noted that liquor license suspensions as a result of these violations would be announced this week.

The SLA did not immediately disclose which bars had been cited, but last week the agency published a spreadsheet that keeps track of all the establishments that have been cited.

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29 July 

Kentucky orders bars to close, restaurants to reduce indoor capacity - The Hill

All bars in Kentucky will be shut down for the next two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced Monday.

The move, effective Tuesday, marks the second time that bars have been shut in the state and comes amid a major uptick in coronavirus cases. 

Indoor dining at restaurants will be reduced to 25 percent capacity, Beshear said. Outdoor seating can remain at full capacity as long as physical distancing is enforced, and everyone needs to be seated.

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29 July 

A Group Of Bar And Restaurant Owners Is Suing Colorado's Governor Over His 'Last Call' Order - Delish

A group representing bar and restaurant owners in Colorado has filed a lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the state's governor following an executive order he issued stopping alcohol sales at bars and restaurants at 10 p.m.

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28 July

Gov. Cuomo hits more than 130 bars and restaurants with liquor license violations, some penalized for 'not serving enough food', as bar in New Jersey closes when staff member tests positive a day after it was packed with maskless revelers - Daily Mail

> Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 132 bars and restaurants were hit with liquor license violations and 10 had their licenses suspended over the weekend 

> The State Liquor Authority issued 52 violations on Friday, 53 Saturday and 27 Sunday to eateries that violated social distancing and face-mask mandates

> Some bars were penalized for failing to provide 'substantial food' with alcohol

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28 July 

Ian Burrell, Global Rum Ambassador and Equiano Rum Co-founder, Is ‘Edu-taining’ His Way to Racial Equity in Rum - Vinepair

In June, Ian Burrell introduced Equiano Rum, a premium blend of African and Caribbean liquids, to the United states. It’s the first of its kind in the category, bringing together two distinct rum cultures, distilleries, and island nations of the East and West. Burrell’s journey from rum enthusiast to brand ownership has hardly been a straight line: Like the product he now champions, it charted a path across distant points of the planet.

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27 July 

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provides additional guidance for licensees regarding operations during targeted mitigation efforts - The Business Journals

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board provided additional guidance for liquor licensees on how to best operate during targeted mitigation efforts implemented throughout the state in the wake of a rise in Covid-19 cases.

According to the PLCB, the guidance was designed for restaurant, retail dispenser, and hotel licensees; club and catering club licensees; brewery, distillery, limited distillery, winery, and limited winery licensees; and golf course licenses.

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27 July 

Consumers remain cautious about on-trade in US - The Spirits Business

More than half of consumers in the US have not returned to bars or restaurants because they don’t feel safe being in close proximity to strangers in these venues, new data from Nielsen CGA has shown.

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24 July

15,770 US restaurants have permanently closed - The Drinks Business

As reported by Business Insider, 15,770 of the 26,160 US restaurants on Yelp’s platform that have been closed since March are now permanent closures. According to Yelp, California has had the highest number of permanent closures since the lockdown, followed by Texas and New York.

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24 July 

Death & Co creates Alienist-inspired cocktails - Today News Post

New York bar Death & Co has partnered with broadcaster TNT to create a cocktail menu that celebrates the release of the second series of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness.

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24 July 

Industry group lobbies for insurance payouts to bars - The Spirits Business

A new advocacy group has been established in the US to lobby insurance companies that are refusing to pay claims from small bars and restaurants that have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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23 July 

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23 July

New York Gov. Cuomo says state has suspended 27 liquor licenses for violations of social distancing rules - CNBC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state liquor authority has suspended 27 bar and restaurant alcohol licenses for violations of social distancing rules as public officials try to keep the coronavirus outbreak under control. 

"I'm sorry it's come to this, but it's a dangerous situation, and I've said it many, many times," Cuomo said during a press conference call. "We never opened bars. This was a violation by them from the beginning." 

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23 July 

Japan’s first non-alcoholic bar opens in Tokyo - The Drinks Business

The zero-alcohol trend is sweeping across the world. Tokyo’s Roppongi district, the dazzling business and nightlife hub of the city, is now welcoming a brand new non-alcoholic and vegan concept.

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22 July 

U.S. Fast-Food Chains Are in No Hurry to Reopen Dining Rooms - Bloomberg

While some U.S. states have given the green light for restaurants to reopen their dining rooms, McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants are in no big rush to do so.

That’s because there’s a lot of effort and expense involved in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, as exemplified by the McDonald’s step-by-step guide on everything from adding protective panels to sanitizing tables after every use. Franchisees say this will require hiring more staff.

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22 July 

Why RTD Cocktail Sales Are Soaring - Vinepair

There are few winners in a Covid-19-era beverage purchasing landscape, but ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails are certainly coming out on top. Though demand was already growing for pre-mixed, canned, or bottled cocktails, the category exploded after the U.S. began to feel the pandemic’s effect, seeing 90.4 percent year-over-year growth in Nielsen-measured off-premise channels for the pandemic-impacted period ending June 27.

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21 July 

Ohio restaurants concerned about Gov. DeWine’s new orders - WKBN

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said more orders would be issued this week to control the spread of COVID-19.

DeWine appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday and talked about where the virus is spreading in the state.

“It’s occurring in bars,” he said. “It’s occurring in churches. It’s occurring from people who have traveled out of state, while a lot of it, frankly, is just people in casual settings — 20, 30, 40, 50 people gathering together.”

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21 July 

NY requirement to serve food with alcoholic beverages, explained - Auburn Pub

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a significant mandate on Thursday: Alcoholic beverages can't be served at New York bars and restaurants unless patrons order food, too. 

Hours after Cuomo detailed the new requirement, the State Liquor Authority released guidance for licensed establishments. 

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21 July 

No mask, no entry: Virginia liquor stores won't allow any customers in without face coverings - Wusa 9

VIRGINIA, USA — Starting July 20, state-owned liquor stores in Virginia will not let customers come inside unless they are wearing masks, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced Friday.

The move to wear a mask comes in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and joins the effort other major retailers have implemented in recent weeks, CEO Travis Hill wrote in a July 17 statement.

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16 July 

Suntory explores protective headgear for drinking - The Drinks Business

Japanese drinks group Suntory is designing different forms of protective headgear and face coverings that will allow for safe drinking in pubs and bars. The drinks group is not alone. Los Angeles-based company Production Club has created a full-body suit called Micrashell, a form of PPE designed to allow users to dance, drink and even vape in close proximity.

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16 July 

Global Bartending Talent Agency is world first - The Spirits Business

Former Diageo World Class manager Dan Dove has launched the world’s first talent agency dedicated to bartenders. The Global Bartending Talent Agency will work to connect drinks professionals with luxury brands, consumers and peers in the industry.

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15 July 

Is safety affordable? How restaurant operators are factoring PPE into their budgets - Restaurant-Hospitality

From masks and face shields to table dividers and thermometers, restaurants are facing new budget needs as workplaces deal with coronavirus

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15 July 

California orders all bars to close and restaurants to stop indoor operations - Business Insider

California ordered all bars to close and multiple businesses to halt indoor operations statewide on Monday in response to the increase of Covid-19 cases.

Gov. Gasin Newson announced that all restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, bars must halt their indoor services

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13 July 

Pennsylvania task force cracking down on crowded bars not following green phase rules - 6abc

After seeing a spike in coronavirus cases among the younger crowd in Delaware County, officials are warning establishments that patrons and enforcement officers are watching.

"They're going out at night and they are going out to bars, and they are partying like it's 2019," said Christine Reuther, Delaware County Council member.

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13 July 

Ex-Obama health official tells Gov. Tim Walz to shut down dine-in service at Minnesota bars again - Bring Me The News 

A former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says he has advised Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to shut down bars and other indoor services to prevent further spread of COVID-19. 

Andy Slavitt, who worked under President Barack Obama from 2015-17 and is a fundraiser for the Minnesota DFL, has sparked debate with a series of tweets posted to his 500,000-plus Twitter following on Sunday.

"I spoke to Governor Walz and Commissioner Jan Malcolm today and called for closing all of the bars to indoor service across the state of Minnesota," Slavitt began. 

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13 July 

It’s Official: Reopening for San Francisco Restaurants and Bars Is on Indefinite Hold - Eater San Francisco

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Mayor London Breed announced that reopening for the city’s bars and restaurants is on hold, and the planned July 13 reopening for dining rooms and outdoor drinking is officially canceled.

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10th July 2020

Portillo's announces first Michigan restaurant location - Second Wave Media

Portillo’s, a fast-casual restaurant chain known for Chicago-style fare, announced on Tuesday plans to open a location in Sterling Heights. This marks the brand’s first restaurant in Michigan, the ninth state for the chain.

The site for the 7,900-square-foot restaurant is on Hall Road, a popular restaurant and retail corridor in the city, and is expected to open in the second half of 2021.

“We have had Portillo’s fans asking us to come to Michigan for years,” said Michael Osanloo, CEO of Portillo’s. “We can’t wait to be a part of such a great, thriving community in Sterling Heights.”

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10th July 2020

Closure confusion? While some bars ordered to close, others on Beale Street are exempt - Wreg

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Establishments listed as bars across Shelby County were ordered to close by midnight Thursday morning by the health department — but one of Memphis’ biggest and busiest drinking spots still looks to be open.

Below: A list of 45 Shelby County bars with “limited service licensing” according to Tennessee ABC

DBA/Business Name

ALCHEMY

Blind Bear

Brewskis Sports Bar & Grill

Brookhaven Pub & Grill

Cheers of Millington

CLASSIC HITZ

CLASSIC SOULZ

Clicks Billiards

Crosstown Arts

Dan Mcguinness Pub

Dru’s Place

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

Fox & Hound

Hadley’s Pub

Hammer & Ale

Havana Mix Cigars

indulge lounge

knifebird

Love

MAX’S SPORTS BAR

Memphis Sports Pub

Mollie Fontaine Lounge

MURPHY’S

My Spot

NEWBY’S

Rec Room

ROBERT ALAN COLETTA SOLE MBR

RUMBA ROOM

SILLY GOOSE

Stage 64 Lounge

Statuz Bar & Grille

T.J. MULLIGAN’S- CORDOVA

Tavern 018

The Blue Monkey Midtown

The Bluff

The Flying Saucer

The Hi Tone Cafe

THE POCKET, LLC

The Pumping Station

TJ Mulligans

TJ Mulligans-HWY 64

TRUTH NIGHT BAR

Whiskey Dicks

WKND

Zebra Lounge

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9th July 2020

As the coronavirus resurges, restaurant sales start slowing again - Restaurant Business Online

The renewed spread of the coronavirus has put the brakes on the restaurant industry’s comeback.

Data from various sources suggests that restaurant sales have slowed over the past week or two as the virus has had some renewed life. Yet consumers, and not states pausing or pulling back their reopenings, could be the main factor.

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9th July 2020

Napa to again shut down dine-in restaurants, bars, indoor tasting rooms starting Thursday as coronavirus cases rise - Napa Valley Register

In a statement shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, the county announced the impending return of restrictions, which would take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Dine-in eateries,  indoor tasting rooms, movie theaters, museums, card rooms and indoor entertainment venues would have to remain closed at least through July 30.

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7th July 2020

Amendment allows some Florida bars to re-open - My Suncoast

The Florida Department of Business amended its order to let places who are licensed to sell both alcohol and food re-open so long as social distancing guidelines are still followed.

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7th July 2020

Lamont suspends Phase 3; bars stay closed for now - Ct Post

Gov. Ned Lamont is suspending phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, as the coronavirus continues its fast-moving spread through states that were initially spared the ravages of the infection.

“We’re just erring on the side of caution as we look at other states,” Lamont announced Monday.

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6th July 2020

Details coming on next phase of reopening in Connecticut this week - Fox 61

Officials expect to decide on the details of the Phase 3 reopening plans Monday or Tuesday this week. Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday that the 4th of July weekend is important for Connecticut in terms of looking ahead to Phase 3 reopening.

He announced that a decision on reopening bars will be made around July 6 or 7, but he is looking to keep them closed for now after reports of surges in other states. 

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6th July 2020

Bars, restaurants launch COVID-19 promise setting guidelines to stay open and healthy - WWMT

A group of bars and restaurants in Michigan, mainly West Michigan, banded together and launched a promise to implement COVID-19 health rules as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictions lift.

Dubbed the MI Restaurant Promise, the group comprises dozens of restaurants and bars. As restaurant owners and managers, the website said the group feels “a sense of responsibility for the health and well-being of our employees, our guests, and the community at large.”

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3rd July 2020

Guidelines For Restaurants and Bars by alabamapublichealth.gov - Click here

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3rd July 2020

San Francisco’s bar business might still have whiplash from last week’s bar back-and-forth: The city announced last Thursday night that outdoor drinking would resume on Monday, July 29, but by Friday morning that plan was on ice, as cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) continued to rise across California. At a press event Tuesday, San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón said that the city would keep that reopening on hold for now, and would reevaluate the matter after the long holiday weekend.

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2nd July 2020

In Texas, the Mexican restaurant Hugo’s is open for business with a message - “WELCOME BACK! WE MISSED YOU!”

To ensure safety, they promise that all of Hugo’s employees will be wearing masks & gloves all the time. Also, they will get their temperature taken and complete a health survey prior to each shift. 

All indoor and outdoor seatings at Hugo’s will comply with the appropriate social distance guidelines. It also promises to be a leader in safe sanitization practices with all team members certified in safe food handling and a certified on every shift.

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Major restaurant chains are making adjustments while preparing to open up post-COVID. Dine Brands Global Inc., one of the full-service dining companies in the world is getting rid of condiments like its signature syrup containers on tables as IHOP locations begin opening. “Its Applebee’s restaurants have also nixed shared condiments like ketchup,” Chief Executive Officer Steve Joyce said in an interview.

“Plastic plates and forks, knives, and spoons are available if customers want those instead of porcelain plates and silverware. Kitchens are opening with fewer staff members, allowing for social distancing,” he said.

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Brinker International Inc. one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies in Texas is also open for business. Brinker announced to place the tables 6 to 8 feet apart in its Chili’s restaurants that are allowed to reopen Brinker said the chain’s “fairly large” dining rooms give them an advantage. 

“Workers will be wearing masks and gloves, and there will be a table at each restaurant’s entryway stocked with hand sanitizer and paper towels for guests. But patrons won’t be allowed to sit at Chili’s iconic margarita bars -- it’s too hard to do social distancing there,” the company says.

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While other establishments are planning to open for business, Starbucks is not leaving itself behind. Starbucks also plans to reopen most of its U.S. stores next week, they will just be for the drive-thru, delivery, and pickup orders. Even in states like Texas that will allow sit-down service, Starbucks’s dining areas will remain closed, a company spokesperson said.

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1st July 2020

Today we will talk about 5 states that have reopened in the USA for restaurant dining & the laws

Alabama 

Capacity limit in bars & restaurant dining - Eight-person party limit, tables must be six feet apart

Alaska

Capacity limit in bars & restaurant dining - 100 percent; reservations recommended but not required

Arizona

Capacity limit in bars & restaurant dining - Reduced occupancy based on restaurant size; 10-person party limit

Arkansas

Capacity limit in bars & restaurant dining - 66 percent; 10-person party limit

California

Capacity limit in bars & restaurant dining - Reopening decided on a county-by-county basis, following social distancing measures


The San Francisco Bay Area has been rising up from a roughly three-month quarantine in the past few weeks. Businesses have slowly been reopening, including many restaurants that were either forced to shutter or directed to takeout or delivery only due to COVID-19.

To know about 152 Bay Area restaurants that are now open for outdoor dining, click here.


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