Some restaurateurs skeptical of call to reopen on May 1

A committee advising Gov. Bill Lee on reopening restaurants wants the process to begin on May 1. But not all restaurateurs are on board.

“We’re pushing statewide for a quick reopen,” Ernie Mellor, president of the Memphis Restaurant Association and a member of the governor’s task force, told the Daily Memphian.  “We want to phase it in at 50% seating for two weeks, 75% for two weeks, and then reopen 100% after four weeks.”

“Of course, the governor can come back and say whatever he wants,” he said. “And if someone doesn’t want to open, they don’t have to.”

Not all restaurateurs are happy with that timetable.

“We haven’t even peaked yet in Memphis and Shelby County,” Deni Reilly, the co-owner of the Majestic Grille, told the publication. “It’s civically irresponsible, and it’s operationally unobtainable for most restaurants. Where can we even get paper masks for our employees?”

Other restaurateurs skeptical of the May reopening include the owners of The Rendezvous,  Kelly English’s Restaurant Iris, Acre, and Erling Jensen.

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