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Restaurant industry reacts to Governor Whitmer’s new order to close serving indoors

Posted at 5:07 AM, Jul 02, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — A big disappointment for bar owners on Wednesday after Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered some of them to stop serving indoors to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m a bar and to cut my ability to make income by 2 thirds is ridiculous.” -Chris Potter, Owner of Onondaga Tavern.

Potter says he’s disappointed with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s new executive order.

The Governor announcing Wednesday that most bars in the lower part of Michigan will have to close indoor services.

A bar will have to stop indoor services if it makes more than 70% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales.

However, they still will be able to continue service outside.

Potter says he will do what he can to stay afloat, but that the order is drastically affecting his plans to stay open.

“Through the whole quarantine I did everything per what the Governor said and for us to be able to get back open and now she’s yanking the carpet back from under us you know and shutting us down again. I’m nervous to see how many bars don’t make it out of this,” said Potter.

Greg Sinicropi is Co-owner of Arts Pub in Lansing. He says he understands why the order is being put in place and feels lucky that it doesn’t affect his business.

“We run restaurants that serve alcohol not bars that sell food were over 50 percent food at all of our locations,” said Sinicropi.

He added while he is still allowed to stay open he is taking all necessary safety precautions to keep people safe inside and out.

“We’ve taken a very proactive approach at arts and it was even I think before Harpers. We have masks are required to enter into Arts.”

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