Restaurants adapt to continue serving customers following Governor's ban

Delivery and pick-up orders will still be allowed per Monday's edict
Posted at 3:46 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 11:13:43-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Restaurants and other affected businesses around West Michigan are adapting their modes of operation in the wake of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's ordering all bars and restaurants to close.

According to the Governor's order, restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve people indoors after 3:00 p.m. Monday. They will still be able to serve customers via delivery and takeout orders.

Even though businesses will still be able to operate in some capacity, many are concerned about what this will mean for their customers and employees.

Businesses at Knapp's Corner were in preparation mode Monday morning, preparing for the 3:00 p.m. deadline.

"For us it means that we are going to try and switch to delivery and we’re going to do the best we can to keep us clean, you guys clean," said Brittney Butler, a manager at Shesco Mediterranean Grill.

The restaurant will be testing out delivery service to customers within a 5 mile radius.

You can place an order with Shesco here.

Butler told FOX 17 Monday, "staying positive and staying healthy is really what we’re going for. We’re going to take it day-by-day.”

Other businesses in the area, like Rocket Fizz, won't be forced to close their doors but are adjusting their hours for the time being. The soda and candy store also has signs up asking customers not to try on the masks or finger puppets they have for sale.

For some servers concerned about their financial situation during this time can apply for a grant from the United States Bartenders Guild at their website.