Owners David Craig, Ethan Craig, and Holly Hurtsen made the closing announcement on Facebook over the weekend, citing the “devastating economic effects” caused by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Despite partnering with Texas-style barbecue food truck Carne 250 to offer takeout from the bar, the owners say the lack of ability to host large events or for people to gather safely ultimately led to the decision to close Tap and Six.
“The bar/restaurant business is tough on a good day. It requires a steady flow of customers in order to be profitable and pay team members for their hard work,” the statement reads. “Tap & Six was conceived around the idea of gathering — a place for friends and family to come together to enjoy beer and spend time connecting. Unfortunately, that doesn’t align with our current reality.”
Carne 250 will be on site serving barbecue this weekend before Tap and Six closes on Sunday.
As of June 1, bars were allowed to begin reopening across the state. Like restaurants, Georgia bars must also follow a set of 39 state-mandated requirements, including limiting capacity to 25 people or 35 percent of total occupancy.
Grant Henry, the owner of Edgewood Avenue bar, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium (known as “Church”,) told Eater he worries bars won’t be able to sustain enough business while following the mandatory and “yet necessary” measures needed to keep staff and patrons safe.
A number of restaurants have closed permanently since the pandemic began in mid-March, unable to recover from the devastating loss of revenue due to dining room shutdowns, lack of real rent relief, and inability to secure substantial emergency funding to stay afloat.
Stay home if sick. Check the Georgia Department of Public Health website for guidance and updates on the latest number of reported COVID-19 cases.
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