Some Jonesboro restaurants opt out of reopening dining rooms

Some Jonesboro restaurants opt out of reopening dining rooms

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - While some restaurants opened their dining rooms Monday with approval from the state; others decided to pass on “Phase 1” of reopening.

“Until everything is completely clear and the curve is flat, we are going to continue to do curbside," said John Myers, co-owner of The Parsonage in downtown Jonesboro. “It’s just the safer, smarter thing to do.”

Meyers says with all of the restrictions and the size of their restaurant, ideally, it’s the best thing to do.

“It was mostly just prioritizing our staff and customers’ health over the little dine-in and gain we would get from that," said Chase Stiles, assistant manager at 1812 Pizza on Hilltop.

Having guests in their restaurant is a big No for now and, like The Parsonage, they don’t believe it is worth the risk.

“We’re riding this bike really well," Myers said. “If we change it now, then it just doesn’t feel like it’s going to work.”

He added the price of opening up the dining room will not be cheap. They will have to buy more cleaning supplies and all those items have seen a price surge.

“All those little nickels and dimes add up, so it’s not cost-effective," Myers said. “That’s what the restaurant industry is all about: being cost-effective."

While he and Stiles aren’t knocking others for opening, they do say it was the best move for them to stick with curbside and delivery.

“We try to give the same service we did before," Stiles said.

“Everybody wants to get back to normal," Myers said. “I have news for you. It’s never going to get back to normal. We are going to have a new normal.”

With the new restrictions, they would rather just make the sacrifice now in order to be in a safe spot in the future.

“We want to get back to serving our customers, but at the same time if someone were to get sick or something like that was to happen, it would just put a halt on us," Stiles said.

Myers agreed that slow and steady would win the race.

“We can be that rabbit and take off and think we are going to win but the turtle wins every time," he said.

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