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Barn at the Summit Fritz Farm announces closure, restaurant owner speaks out

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Posted at 9:44 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 21:51:02-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Barn at the Summit Fritz Farm has announced it's closing for good.

The Barn is a food court, filled with independently owned restaurants. Initially back in March, the restaurant owners decided to close because it did not make sense for this location to do curbside service, hopeful they'd be able to see their customers again soon.

Unfortunately, that won't be happening.

"Most of us in the industry don't feel like it's very safe right now to open back up to dine in, so for us, most of our decisions have to be made as a group because we're in this building together. We all kind of rise and fall as one," Atomic Ramen Owner Dan Wu said.

Wu says even with the restaurants opening back up on Friday, he believes operating at a 33% capacity isn't financially feasible.

"Restaurants' margins are so thin, that you cut us down by 20% and we're hurting. You give us a bad weekend, where it's pouring down rain and we're going to hurt," Wu said.

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Wu owns a second Atomic Ramen location on UK's campus, and isn't sure if he will reopen this location, somewhere else.

"To be in a situation where you don't have any ideas and you don't have any solutions for all the people looking up to you is really, really tough," Wu said.

Crank and Boom will continue curbside service. Whiskey Bear, will open when the bar restrictions are lifted, through their outdoor service area.