Restaurants/bars shut down; reduced to carry-out service only

Posted 3/18/20

In an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in public places, the Franklin County Commission, along with neighboring counties to the east are closing restaurants and bars, except for carry out …

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Restaurants/bars shut down; reduced to carry-out service only

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In an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in public places, the Franklin County Commission, along with neighboring counties to the east are closing restaurants and bars, except for carry out business. The order goes into effect today, March 18, at midnight and will last until noon, April 17.

The Bistro at the Mill, Figo’s Mexican Restaurant, Poynter’s Ice Cream, and Subway will all be open for carry out business. Owners of the Gerald Cafe could not be reached for comment.

Poynter’s will be cutting their hours to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Figo’s will be open Thursday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. The other two food establishments will maintain their normal hours.

Figo’s will have their drive through window open and will also offer delivery within the Gerald city limits.

The Bistro is also working on a delivery option.

Missouri law prohibits carry out alcohol sales by individual drink. Package liquor sales will still be available by those who offer them. This decree will put a big dent in the profits of the local eateries. January and February are traditionally the slowest months of the year in food service. Just as business begins to improve, these establishments must now close their dining rooms.

The Bistro, Figo’s and Poynter’s all maintain up-to-date Facebook pages with all the information you need on their services, including phone numbers.

By declaring a state of emergency (see related story) the Franklin County Commission may have paved the way for these businesses to get relief. There is a link on the county’s website (franklinmo.org) to information on the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Response to the Coronavirus.

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