THOMASVILLE — A Thomasville restaurateur might have to close his popular eatery until the coronavirus is whipped.
“We’ll take it one week at a time,” said George Mathes, owner of George & Louie’s.
Mathes said Tuesday his business is not doing enough business to stay open, adding that business is half what it was before the coronavirus scare.
No more than 10 diners are allowed in the dining room. Tables are nine feet apart. Outdoor dining is available.
“We’re trying to do all take-outs,” Mathes said.
Mathes said he will keep employees as long as possible.
Henderson’ s owner Richard Henderson closed his restaurant’s dining room Monday, resulting in take-out meals.
“We were getting very little traffic inside anyway,” he said.
Henderson’s is not offering delivery yet.
“Catering is a huge part of our business,” Henderson said. “We lost all that.”
Casseroles and salads previously prepared for catering are available for pickup at the restaurant.
Business is off by 60 percent, according to Henderson. Half of his employees have worked at the restaurant for 40 years. Employees are being paid from reserves.
Renee Moss, owner of Farmer’s Daughter Vineyards & Tasting Room, said that her business is not a restaurant, because food is is not cooked there.
Wine, cocktails and plates of food, such as cheese, jams and cured meats, are served at the business.
Moss said her products will be provided curbside and shipped. Orders may be placed online.
The number of employees at the business has been reduced from eight to two.
The Plaza Restaurant & Oyster Bar is closed.
Hubs and Hops closed Monday. Owner Roger Hawkes said he had decided to close the business before the governor’s mandated closing of bars and nightclubs.
Hawkes does not think the coronavirus has spiked in Thomasville, and he does not want to put employees and customers in danger.
The business’ five employees have not been terminated.
Liam’s dining room is closed. The business is offering carry-out and curbside delivery from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
“We are doing a full menu and beer, wine and drinks,” owner Rhonda Foster said.
Foster said Liam’s remaining open depends on how prosperous take-out is and how long it will be until the coronavirus is a thing of the past locally.
Two Liam’s employees voluntarily offered to step down and stay at home — one to care for an elderly parent and the other to spend time with his mother.
As long as Foster can pay her bills and employees, Liam’s will remain open.
“I think every restaurant is in that predicament,” she said.