Thursday, July 2, 2020

Governor Whitmer Shuts Down Indoor Bar Service: Effects of Order On some Ypsilanti Establishments.

SideTrack Bar and Grill Depot Ypsilanti Thursday afternoon. Photo Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor In Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

On Wednesday Governor Whitmer issued an executive order stipulating that indoor bar service be shut down throughout most of the state of  Michigan due to a recent increase of COVID-19 cases. The order applies to licensed establishments that earn more than 70% of gross receipts from  the sale of alcohol. So what does this mean for local Ypsilanti establishments? It means that some of your favorites places are affected and some not so much. Here's a look at a few Ypsilanti establishments.

The Tap Room located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti announced Thursday that service at the establishment is no longer feasible. According to a statement on Tap Room's facebook page, "Due to the increased number of COVID 19 cases in Michigan, the new state service mandate no longer renders service at the Tap Room feasible for both the health of our staff and customers or the business as a whole in it's current capacity."

Over at Maiz Cantina located in Ypsilanti's Depot town, management announced that they have decided to pause inside seating temporarily. Maiz stated Thursday that they will operate with patios only for the foreseeable future. Maiz encourages customers to order carryout. According to Maiz, "In the current climate with holiday travel and rising COVID 19 cases we think this is the safest way forward right now."

 Long time Ypsilanti Depot Town establishment Sidetrack Bar and Grill announced Wednesday that barstools have been removed from both bars out of extreme caution for guests and staff which provides for greater social distancing in order to keep staff and customers safe. According to Sidetrack, "We have tons of great outside and inside spaced-out seating.

The Wurst Bar located on Cross Street in Ypsilanti made clear in a statement that their business is less than 50% alcohol sales and that they rely heavily on food coming from their kitchen. According to The Wurst Bar, "We will continue to maintain strict social distancing in our indoor seating, and continue to require all guests to wear a mask and to respect boundaries we have established."

The popular Bobcat Bonnie's located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsi responded to the governor's new order by clarifying that they continue to be open for business. According to management, "Be kind, spread the word, wear your mask, and we will make sure you have an excellent time with us!"

Photos Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.

Expanded seating outside of Maiz in Depot Town in Ypsilanti Thursday afternoon.
Depot Town Ypsilanti Thurday.


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