Restaurants across Georgia are allowed to resume dine-in service as long as they follow a list of 39 “minimum basic operations” guidelines set forth by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Those measures include: screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms, requiring employees to wear masks, staggering shifts, and limiting the number of people inside the dining room by spacing out seating. Restaurants are limited to ten diners per 500 square feet inside the dining room and bar area.
Atlanta restaurant owners were quick to react to the controversial news, with some calling Gov. Kemp’s decision “irresponsible,” “unsafe,” and “unfathomable.” Despite the ability to resume dine-in service, there’s a long and growing list of restaurants choosing not to reopen dining rooms right now, and it reads like a who’s who of Atlanta’s most notable chefs, biggest restaurant groups, and beloved neighborhood establishments.
Most restaurant owners cite the health and safety of employees and patrons as the biggest factor for holding off on reopening dining rooms, along with needing adequate time to put further health and safety measures into practice.
Below is a list of restaurants holding off on reopening for dine-in service, but will continue takeout and delivery until further notice. Follow individual restaurants on social media for additional reopening plans.
5Church (reopening for takeout/delivery only 4/28)
Atlanta Chinatown (food court reopens for takeout only April 27; no dine-in service)
Bread and Butterfly (takeout starts soon)
Forza Storico (tentative reopening May 11)
Freshii (reopening for takeout only)
Hopkins and Company: Holeman and Finch, H&F Burger, Hop’s Chicken, C. Ellet’s
Krog Street Market (curbside and takeout from stalls only; no on-site dining)
Schlotzksy’s Deli (Georgia locations)
Spiller Park Coffee-Toco Hills (reopening curbside takeout only May 1)
Storico Fresco Alimentari e Ristorante (tentative reopening May 11)
Tamarind Restaurant Group: Nan Thai Fine Dining Tuk Tuk Thai Food, Chai Yo Thai
The Varsity (drive-in/walk-up only)
THERE Bar (possible reopening in 3 weeks)
Unsukay Restaurants: Muss and Turners, MTH Pizza, Local Three, Eleanor’s
Varuni Napoli (Midtown/Krog Street Market)
We Suki Suki: the Global Grub Collective
Word of Mouth Restaurants: Arnette’s Chop Shop, Haven, Velenza, Vero
Stay home if sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for guidance and twice-daily updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases.