MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The health department hinted it might loosen up restrictions on bars and restaurants this week.
The owner of Rumba Room, Edgar Mendez, said he’d support this because he’s only making 10 percent of his sales.
“I want to protect my family I don’t want to bring nothing home. I also want my business to thrive this is like my other kid that I need to feed,” said Mendez.
Mendez opened his dance club 13 years ago when he retired as a professional dancer.
“It’s the dream of every dancer or artist, singer or dancer to have their own little spot where they can share what they love,” said Mendez.
He said it’s hard making money at a dance club when dancing inside a bar is restricted by the health department.
In order to help with his sales, he decided to add a food menu and is hosting outdoor dancing events.
“Still not enough to pay the bills but at least I can pay my staff,” said Mendez.
Mendez hoped the health department will make a change and allow bars to stay open past 10 p.m.
He said no matter what happens he will do everything he can to keep his business running.
“This is my dream that I’ve always had, to have this business. So I’m not going to let it go away or I’m going to try I’m going to go down kicking and screaming,” said Mendez.
Mendez said he’d like to ask the health department to allow dancing inside if businesses are at 40 percent capacity.
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