DRAYTON – As COVID-19 restrictions continue to hamper and, in some cases, shutter businesses everywhere, restaurants are among the hardest hit by emergency orders designed to limit the spread of the virus.
An emergency order limiting bars and restaurants to takeout service was issued on March 17.
Management at the Drayton Chop House recently addressed rumours the eatery would be permanently closed.
“These are unprecedented times. We wanted to address some rumors of being permanently closed,” states an April 14 notice on the Drayton Chophouse Facebook page.
“Unfortunately, we have no idea at this point. We will need a better understanding of what our future looks like. We all are remaining optimistic. We know that everyone has a lot more to worry about right now, but let’s hope we can get the opportunity to serve you again in the future.”
After initially offering a takeout-only service in response to provincial emergency orders, which limited bars and restaurants to takeout and delivery options, the restaurant announced it would “close our doors during these harsh times” on March 22.
On April 17 the popular Crossroads Family Restaurant in Elmira announced it would close permanently.
“The COVID-19 closure hit us at a particularly difficult time, and we are simply not able to weather this sudden and forced closure over the long term,” states a notice from Crossroads owners Anton and Julie Heimpel on the restaurant’s Facebook page.