ALPHARETTA MILTON EDITION
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3 MAY 21JUNE 17, 2020
VITAL SIGNS The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce as well as other North Fulton entities sent out a survey to more than 3,000 businesses in greater North Fulton County to nd the economic eects on the region. The survey was open April 13-20. WHAT IS THE OPERATING STATUS OF YOU BUSINESS?
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Open (60%) Closed (40%)
ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT YOUR BUSINESS MAY CLOSE PERMANENTLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT CRISIS?
FOOD &DRINK DELIVERY OPTIONS
Yes (27%) No (42%) Unsure (31%)
Business owners in Alpharetta and Milton—and statewide—were able to reopen dining rooms at a limited capacity beginning April 27. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Alpharetta, Milton restaurant owners navigate reopening while the coronavirus pandemic continues
SOURCES: GREATER NORTH FULTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CITY OF ALPHARETTA, CITY OF MILTON, CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS, ROSWELL INC., SELECT FULTONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
BY KARA MCINTYRE
In the city of Alpharetta, dine-in service ended earlier after Alpharetta City Council members passed an ordinance March 20 prohibiting dine-in services at any restaurant within city limits. “I couldn’t sleep for days when all of this was going on, and I cried thinking about the decisions I had to make. I have 80-85 employees that depend on me to take care of their families,” Henderson said. “I feel the heaviness and the weight of responsibility [as a business owner].” While Kemp allowed dining rooms to reopen beginning April 27 as long as specic health guidelines are met, most CONTINUED ON 18
“I haven’t seen a paycheck in about two months,” said Dar- ren Henderson, chef and owner of Crust Pasta & Pizzeria in Alpharetta. This is the reality for some business and restaurant owners in Alpharetta, Milton and elsewhere in Georgia as the coro- navirus pandemic caused the closure of restaurant dining rooms beginning April 6, per an executive order fromGeorgia Gov. Brian Kemp. The closures have resulted in a $2.5 billion revenue loss to the state’s restaurant industry from March 17 to May 4, according to Sarah Thorson, director of partner- ships and events for the Georgia Restaurant Association.
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