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City restaurants temporarily close, other's plan for 2021

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 07:34:53-05

BALTIMORE — Come Friday, Mayor Brandon Scott's four-week timeline for his recent executive order is set to expire.

Some restaurant owners like Dave Lichty of Mt. Washington Tavern say it can't wait that long.

"We tried to do the carryout and it just doesn’t keep you afloat it’s not enough,” said Lichty.

As of Monday the 40-year-old business is closed. The restaurant posted on Facebook that they will temporarily shutdown the Baltimore location until restrictions are lifted in the city.

The post read in part, "We have concluded that we simply cannot operation and sustain on carryout business alone."

Owners said until restaurants can operate at 50 percent capacity or above they plan to remain closed.

Over in Bolton Hill, CookHouse owner, George Dailey isn't paying much attention to Friday's timeline.

"I knew there would be a shutdown," he said. "Right now I'm a one man show."

Dailey has changed his business. He only has one other employee and focuses on carry out and grab and go items.

"We have some of the essentials," he said. "We also have wine, sauces, sandwiches and coffee."

Restaurant owners say they're looking forward to the possibility of Mayor Scott's upcoming presser and update on restrictions.

"Let’s put it this way, when we don’t have to wear our masks is when I’ll have this place running like a regular restaurant," said Dailey.