Setting the Table for Reopening
Restauranteurs Gather for a Roundtable on Regulations and Challenges Under COVID
The Chamber hosted a Zoom conference on May 7, where over 50 restaurant owners, town planners, and elected officials discussed the challenges restaurants are facing under the COVID crisis. With the governor’s May 20 reopening of the economy two weeks away questions abound. The guidelines for reopening are due to be released shortly, but they were not completed prior to this discussion.
Conversation included concerns about viability of outdoor only service, parameters for operation, PPE supplies and costs, and ripple effects on supply chain and vendors during the downturn. Featured speakers for the Restaurant Roundtable shared their perspectives as industry leaders and based on their specific roles advising the governor and representing restaurants.
- Dan Meiser, Oyster Club/Grass & Bone/Engine Room; Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group
- Scott Dolch, Executive Director, CT Restaurant Association
- Ali Formica, Director of Operations, and Olivia Formica, Chef, Flanders Fish Market and Restaurant
- Jon Kodama, JTK Management Restaurants
We were pleased to be joined by State Senators Heather Somers and Paul Formica, who shared the work being done to represent the interests of businesses.
View the conversation here.
Read more at The Day. “Restaurant owners seeking answers and help” by Greg Smith and Joe Wojtas
Governor Lamont reported in his May 7 briefing that the state remains on track to reopen in some capacity by May 20, with measures on established criteria progressing to set goals. See the status of the state’s progress in the governor’s presentation.