Local businesses express mixed opinions over order to close restaurants and bars

Posted at 9:38 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 23:41:46-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — At a press conference earlier today, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that he would issue an executive order to close all restaurants and bars to in-person traffic, with the exception of drive-thrus and delivery.

The news came quickly and unexpectedly for business owners around town. LEX 18 has contacted several and they all expressed a mixed opinion about the move; they understand the need for the order, but acknowledge it will also hurt business. Many said they are worried about their employees and their families.

"A lot of us live shift to shift in terms of rent and our bills, so I think this will definitely be a big stresser for a lot of our staff," Josie's Restaurant server, Rachel Womack, said.

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Josie's manager, Susan Mirkhan, is asking the community to support all local businesses as soon as the order goes into effect.

"It is so important, I believe, for Lexingtonians to unite together and help these businesses out at this time," Mirkhan said.

Many restaurants said customers can order food through apps, such as Door Dash. They're also encouraging patrons to call them for take out orders that can be picked up at the curb.

For several bar owners, however, curbside service and deliveries are not possible, forcing a total closure.