Coronavirus is ‘uncharted territory’ for Charlotte restaurants

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Nearly all aspects of everyday life in Charlotte have halted because of the coronavirus — from our public schools to the typical 9-to-5 jobs. Now, restaurants and bars are temporarily closed to dine-in customers, too.

In an executive order on Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper mandated that all bars and restaurants close except for takeout and drive-thru orders. While necessary to slow the virus’ spread, pausing operations will be financially catastrophic for restaurants and bars.

Some may never be able to open back up.

“You can’t make it a week as a restaurant with labor costs if you don’t have revenue coming in,” says Jamie Brown, who owns Haberdish and Crepe Cellar with her husband, Jeff Tonidandel.

Brown and Tonidandel, like many restaurant owners, had to make the gut-wrenching decision to let almost all employees go…

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