Tony Katz took his talents to the streets of Indianapolis. Speaking on Fox News on Leland Littert’s show, Tony was on location outside Havana Cigar Lounge to talk about how restaurants and bars across the midwest are handling closures due to COVID-19.
Tony explains to Leland how people from all walks of life and members of both political parties are banding together and rallying around keeping local business afloat.
Following similar decisions from neighboring states, Gov. Holcomb made the decision that Indiana restaurants and bars will be shut down to dine-in patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and bars will be permitted to serve customers who order food to be picked up.
Michael Cunningham is the founder and CEO of Cunningham Restaurant Group. The group owns dozens of restaurants across Indiana and the Midwest, including Bru Burger, Stone Creek Dining and Rize, all of which are affected by the new policy.
Michael spoke to Tony Katz about how the Governor’s decision is going to affect business. Cunningham says that a portion of their menus would not be feasible to send out on delivery.
“We are going to streamline our menus. We are signing on with DoorDash immediately. We are going with 40% of our menu, so we are taking the day to regroup and get it all into place.”
The restaurant group has hundreds of employees and with a significant drop in revenue expected, Cunningham says some tough decisions are going to have to be made.
“We are trying to keep as many people working as possible, but from what we’ve heard this may go on for as many as 12 to 16 weeks. Without having revenue coming in, the cash spend is immense, so we’re going to have to make some tough calls.”
Governors across the country are closing down restaurants and bars from the public due to coronavirus fears. Are states making the right decision? Rep. Nan Hayworth joins Tony Katz to address how the state and federal government have been handling the situation and what actions should be in place as the pandemic continues