Restaurant owner Ryan Pernice in front of Osteria Mattone in downtown Roswell, June 19, 2019. (Alyssa Pointeremail@example.com)
Ryan Pernice, who owns three restaurants, Table and Main and Osteria in Roswell and Coalition in Alpharetta, also said he would delay returning to dine-in business.
Pernice said he worries about employees who don’t feel safe returning to work yet, but might lose their unemployment if they don’t come back.
“To convert three restaurants to takeout only entails a lot of recalibrations,” he said. “We thought we had another four to six weeks of this… You can’t just turn on a dime and open a restaurant (after) you’ve just figured out the takeout-only game.”
A general view of a performance by jazz singer and pianist Freddy Cole at The Velvet Note, March 3, 2018, in Alpharetta. PHOTO / JASON GETZ
Tamara Fuller, owner of The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, does not plan to reopen to her older clientele until she is confident the coronavirus outbreak has subsided.
“We all want to get back to business tomorrow,” said Fuller. “Mine in particular is an older customer base and it adds an additional burden of responsibility that we are opening when we are confident that it’s safe.”
Jason Sheetz, owner of Hammock Trading Company and Under the Cork Tree restaurants in Sandy Springs plans to continue takeout and delivery only for now.
“I don’t see how you can maintain social distance and continue to have table service,” he said.
Portrait of Jason Sheetz (left) and William Sigley with Hammocks restaurant, which is owned by the duo, in background, in Sandy Springs on February 14, 2019. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Some officials in north Fulton have commented on how they will go about reopening in their cities. Roswell Mayor Lori Henry issued a statement that she was forming a business task force.
“Now more than ever, our relationship with Roswell’s business community is important,” said Henry, in the statement. “It is crucial that we all work together to come up with thoughtful and measured ways to recover and get Roswell’s business community on its feet again.”