Williamston restaurants are following tight gathering guidelines put in place by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to ensure safety.
For restaurant owners in East Lansing, the Feb. 4 epidemic order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer poses a new challenge in recovering profits lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new gathering orders that went into effect Feb. 8, restaurants were able to open for in-person dining along with continuing services such as takeout and delivery. However, the order limits restaurants to 25% of their normal seating capacity, causing them to find ways to increase profits while dealing with fewer customers.
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Central Lansing Nutrition has been staying afloat thanks to the carryout orders after regulations were set in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The entrance of Cheezy D’s Deli and Dogs located on the corner of Marsh and Lake Lansing. Credit: Brea Crawford
Cheezy D’s Deli and Dogs in Haslett, Michigan was robbed just months after their grand opening on June 15, a few months later than originally planned. Owners Denny and Michelle Emmer tried to make the best out of the situation.
“I knew who did it, that’s why I didn’t press charges,” said Denny. “No matter what their issue was, they needed help. We tried to make a positive out of it. The window can be replaced, and no one was hurt.”
The robbery influenced Denny to take his business to the next level and help the community.
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East Lansing’s Tasty Twist ice cream shop has been handling COVID-19 and the pandemic from the business point of view since early March. Scott King, the owner of Tasty Twist, said that things have been going up, even with some small setbacks.
King said, “They’ve been fairly good. I don’t think it’s really 100% because I think that there are folks that are out there that don’t want to leave their homes with everything going on, but, we are doing better than expected.”
King touched on how Tasty Twist, located on 1137 E Grand River Ave, didn’t have to technically shut down but still did for the safety of their community and customers.
King said, “Our license with the health department and city says we are considered carryout. We closed for 6 weeks in March up until May 1st because of how strict the governor’s orders were and the safety of our customers.”
(via Rick’s American Cafe)
Rick’s American Café is the latest bar in East Lansing to reopen its doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rick’s will open on Wednesday night with a limited capacity for the first time since closing in March. The dance floor will be covered with tables and chairs. Lines will be prohibited and customers will have to reserve their spots using the LineLeap app. The Riv will reopen Thursday at 4 p.m. using the same app.
“I woke up at 9 a.m. just to be prepared to reserve my spot.
Just a few months after it first opened its sit-down restaurants, Delta Townhip’s The Smoke ‘N Pig BBQ found itself already was changing its business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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