Some Mississippi restaurant owners decide not to reopen dining rooms

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — Some restaurant owners in Clarksdale planned to take their time reopening.

The owners of Stone Pony Pizza said they are giving the dining area a makeover to make customers feel safer.

They added partitions before they reopen.

“Well that’s a good thing to give them space,” said Bill Lockhart. “Everybody wants to be safe these days.”

The restaurant owners said they are also in the process of hiring servers, dishwashers and other staff to replace workers who have taken work elsewhere due to COVID-19.

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Across town at the Rest Haven Restaurant, owner Paula Jackson said she operates a busy curbside business.

Jackson believed she would pass on opening her dining room to 50 percent occupancy.

She didn’t think it is worth the trouble and may wait until it goes back to 100 percent.

“It's not going to be easy to control,” Jackson said. “I mean I can separate my tables and all, but people will want to come in and when they see empty tables, they will wonder why they can't come in and sit down. So I don't know what I am going to do.”

Jackson said she won’t open for dine-in next week either.

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