Madisonville restaurants weigh reopening

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT)- As restaurants across America begin reopening their dining rooms, some local restaurants are debating doing the same.

In Madisonville, Ferrell’s owner Phillip Ferrell says he’s waiting a few more weeks before reopening his restaurant. “I’m afraid [COVID-19] will spike once they start to reopen,” Ferrell said, “and we’re going to wait a week or two longer before to make sure it doesn’t climb.”

Ferrell says the cost of beef is also a factor, after prices have “skyrocketed” during the pandemic.

However, Green’s Steakhouse owner, Terry Green has decided to reopen his restaurant at limited capacity. Green says he and his staff have to wear face masks and have installed glass shields throughout the restaurant to protect workers and customers. Green also marked out spots on the floor, six feet apart “so the guests have an idea of the safety zone.”

Green says he is excited to have guests at his restaurant again, saying “it’s like going back to school on the first day.”

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(This story was originally published on May 22, 2020)


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