Ohio Restaurant Association

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Bars and restaurants around Ohio will be pouring their last drinks at 10 p.m. on Friday, and they must close their doors an hour later as state officials try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The leader of the Ohio Restaurant Association says the move could come close to devastating bars and restaurants that depend on late-night business from alcohol sales.

alcohol poured into a shot glass

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow restaurants and bars to sell liquor on Sundays without having to obtain a special permit.

Craig and Teresa Dame at Pauls on Fifth.
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Paul’s on Fifth in Grandview is normally packed for lunch. Instead, waitresses in masks lean on the diner’s cash register in between serving a half dozen or so tables of customers.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will do "whatever we have to do" to enforce social distancing measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds. His comments came Sunday after pictures of packed Columbus bars went viral on social media.

The Hot Chicken Takeover location in Clintonville is preparing to reopen in accordance with safety guidelines from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
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Restaurants around Ohio are looking for guidance on how to re-open after the governor said they could serve patrons outdoors next week, and begin indoor dining a week later. 

Once Ohio reopens restaurants for dine-in service, Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins Restaurant in Shaker Square, says he’ll be running two restaurants where there used to be one.

“One restaurant will be dine-in and that will take up 60 percent of the restaurant with table space,” Chrostowski said. “And the other 30 to 40 percent of the restaurant will be where our pickup area is going to be.”

Tom Chang in the dining room at Tiger + Lily.
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The restaurant industry has lost $80 billion dollars during the pandemic.

May 15 is the date restaurants in Ohio want to reopen, yet Gov. Mike Dewine has yet to say when that can happen.

A sign for carryout only hangs on a door leading into The Original Pancake House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Woodmere Village, Ohio.
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Ohio’s dine-in restaurants are not among the businesses that will resume in a few days. Restaurants are asking Gov. Mike DeWine to allow them to open mid-May.

The usually-bustling Short North has been empty as Ohio shut down all but essential
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The Ohio Restaurant Association has set up an employee relief fund for restaurant and hospitality workers with financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.

Luke and Annie Pierce at Lawbird in the Brewery District..
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At the South Village Grill, manager Drew DeBoard struggled to decide whether to call Sunday night’s reservations. She seemed a bit shocked that her restaurant was closing.

Land Grant Brewing Company used to allow dogs on patios until they received a letter from the Columbus Health Department, telling them to stop.
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Two bills that would permit dogs on restaurant patios statewide are being introduced in the House and Senate. The bill is as much about business as it is about dogs.