Bars and Restaurants

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Restaurants that were temporarily able to sell alcohol for carryout during the pandemic get to do so permanently after June.

After a nearly three-month “pause” due to rising coronavirus cases, Michigan restaurants are now able to offer indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Some restaurants have already reopened their doors, while others can’t afford to.

Leslie Danesi co-owns the Stray Dog restaurant in New Buffalo, which reopened its dining room Monday, Feb. 1. 


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The City of South Bend and the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce announced a new grant program on Jan. 29 for local restaurants and bars.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller said the $2,000 Restaurant Innovation grants are meant to help local restaurants offset the cost of making their facilities pandemic-safe.


“They’re being asked to innovate and invest in new things like igloos, barriers," he said. "We want our local small businesses to know that we’re here for them and we’re gonna do whatever we can as a city.”



Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, along with Greater Lafayette and university healthcare leaders, signed an open letter to Tippecanoe County’s health officer Tuesday urging him to allow the health department’s bar and restaurant order -- enforced since August -- to remain in place for another

Some Michigan Restaurants Reopen Just In Time For Summer

Jun 9, 2020

Restaurants in Michigan are allowed to reopen this week at half capacity for the first time in roughly three months. Some business owners are adapting.

Local Bars and Restaurants Adjust to Closure

Mar 18, 2020
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The alcohol industry is taking a hit with all bars and restaurants in Indiana and Michigan ordered closed to dine-in patrons amid coronavirus spread. 

Governors across the US have ordered dine-in restaurants and bars closed in a social-distancing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan has closed down almost entirely. Owner Bill Welter said they’re still distilling, but all their restaurant, bar, and event space business is shut down.