Many Cincinnati restaurants are closing forever and others are closing temporarily due to a COVID-19 pandemic

The Cincinnati restaurant community is feeling the sting of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many restaurants had to close. It follows a national trend. 100,000 restaurants have closed nationwide and about 800 in Ohio, according to the Restaurant Association. Some are hoping to reopen, others are likely gone for good. Sports Page Restaurant is a popular spot in downtown Cincinnati. They have been serving good food and friendly conversation for breakfast and lunch for 42 years. It has been quiet since March 13th and the doors are closed. “It was long ago. We didn’t expect to be outside that long. This is crazy, ”said owner Bill Pascale. Pascale said it wasn’t easy, but they are working hard and hope to open again soon. “It’s scary to think you’re going to come here and just sit here,” said Pascale The Ohio Restaurant Association president said the Mom and pop places are hardest hit. “You lose her and that changes your neighborhood,” said Jim Barker. A survey by the Restaurant Association found that things are not going to change anytime soon. Half of all Ohio bars and restaurants could close permanently. Barker said the 10 p.m. curfew on the last call in bars and capacity restrictions in restaurants are some key factors that have crippled many businesses.

The Cincinnati restaurant community is feeling the sting of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many restaurants had to close. It follows a national trend. 100,000 restaurants have closed nationwide and about 800 in Ohio, according to the Restaurant Association. Some are hoping to reopen, others are likely gone for good.

Sports Page restaurant is a popular spot in downtown Cincinnati. They have been serving good food and friendly conversation for breakfast and lunch for 42 years. The place has been quiet and the doors closed since March 13th.

“It’s been a long time. We didn’t expect to be outside that long. That’s crazy,” said owner Bill Pascale.

Pascale said it wasn’t easy but they are working hard and hope to open again soon.

“It’s scary to think that you can come down here and just sit here,” said Pascale.

The Ohio Restaurant Association president said the mom and pop places are hardest hit.

“You lose her and that changes your neighborhood,” said Jim Barker.

A restaurant association poll found that half of all Ohio bars and restaurants could close permanently if things don’t change soon.

Barker said the 10 p.m. curfew on the last call in bars and restaurant capacity restrictions are some key factors that have crippled many businesses.

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