Restaurants ready to serve

Restaurants near and far are once again seating customers as the state's lockdown rules have been relaxed. Two restaurateurs are eager to once again hear the bustle of diners in their establishments.


Local News

May 18, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Todd Brandon of TJ's BBQ of Humboldt Photo by Erick Mitchell / Iola Register

Restaurants have begun opening their doors to the public since Gov. Laura Kelly’s three-phase plan to handle the COVID-19 pandemic allowed dine-in eating beginning May 4.

It had been a long hiatus since customers could eat inside and restaurants have felt the rippling effects. Luckily, many small businesses were aided by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) established in the CARES Act passed by Congress last month. The money helped business keep employees on the payroll, and doors open. 

Rookies Bar & Grill’s Mike Sailor and Carri Campbell were able to keep all of their employees while dine-in hours were eliminated. With business slow, Sailor and Campbell along with their employees gave the restaurant a full face-lift during the downtime. 

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