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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5 Responses to Some restaurateurs skeptical of call to reopen on May 1

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Well, the thing is, Deni Reilly, that the governor needs to get out of the way. If you are not ready to open the Majestic Grille, do not open. The governor needs to stop the heavy handed approach that mandates that NO ONE can open. And NO ONE forces people into restaurants. Only the governor has mandated that NO ONE can enter. Time to stop this nonsense and treat everyone as grown-ups!

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    Karen Bracken says:

    Fine but when they go bankrupt we don’t want to hear their whining.

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    James White says:

    Deni should put up a sign, like the ‘no guns allowed’, it could say, ‘no virus allowed’.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Most of these we likely don’t need them anyway. Plenty of options so I say they stay closed and agree-no BAILOUTS!!

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