Area restaurants, bars suffering from current shutdown

Linda Gallagher

REGION — As the coronavirus roller coaster continues, area restaurants and bars are struggling to survive as they cope with another shutdown of indoor service. 

Laughing when asked Tuesday how business has been in the last few weeks, Toonie's Fish and Steakhouse owner John Hanson said of the popular Bellaire restaurant, "The only reason I'm open is to give my employees a chance to get by," noting the shutdown's proximity to Christmas. "Right now, business is probably 20 percent of what it should be at this time of the year."

Agreeing, Iron Skillet owner Mike Nygren said of the employees in his Mancelona establishment, "Some of our employees that are completely laid off are on unemployment, but even if they are, unemployment isn't enough for most people to get by. And tipped employees, like all of our wait staff, don't make anything at all on unemployment."

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