Local restaurant shares how they're coping with new restrictions

Devin Martin
Updated: November 21, 2020 10:57 PM
Created: November 21, 2020 09:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's new restrictions took effect Friday at midnight. 

It's aimed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Local businesses say they must adapt to the restrictions so they can survive, "Every day is something different. So, every day we have to come up with a new procedure," Lindsay Zubay, co-owner of Hot Chip Burger Bar in Southwest Rochester said. 

It was a busy day at Hot Chip Burger Bar in Rochester. Staff was putting together takeout orders left and right, "We have different options. DoorDash, UberEats, online ordering, phone orders. So, I have everything listed out on how to take the orders and make sure they go to the right customers. We usually try to have all of these things in place to make sure that no matter what happens next, we're always ready to move forward," Zubay said. 

Zubay says they were prepared for this partial shutdown because they learned how to make the most out of take-out orders from the Spring shutdown, "Before the first shutdown, we had an online presence and a to-go presence.  But I think once we realized how big of an impact that to-go ordering was, now we can prepare better for that," Zubay said.

Zubay says she feels like this partial shutdown will extend but she's staying positive, "We have an amazing staff at all of our locations. So, I'm happy that we have those core people that one want to come into work and two are happy to come into work," Zubay said. 

But what happens if a business violates these restrictions? Jason Loos, attorney for the city of Rochester says there's not much change from the first shutdown, "Businesses can be fined up to $25,000 from the state. The city isn't taking any direct enforcement action other than to work with the state. We're not expecting any problems. Businesses have adapted well last time around and we think they will this time around," Loos said. 

This is the second time many small businesses have had restrictions. A lot of the businesses say the they better prepared this time around. Staying positive is also needed as Zubay of Hot Chip Burger says they're in this together, "I just want everyone to be successful and I want everyone to know how important it is to support small business," Zubay said. 

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