Reopened businesses have to follow social distancing guidelines, screen workers for fever and respiratory illnesses, and take other steps to minimize the risk of transmitting the coronavirus. The 39-point list of guidelines was released on April 23.
Restaurants throughout the state had been closed for dine-in service since April 3, when Kemp’s shelter-in-place order went into effect. Numerous metro Atlanta restaurants had closed prior to that date.
Kemp’s announcement prompted food service operators to evaluate the viability of opening as early as April 27. While some in metro Atlanta have stated that they will not reopen right now, the following eateries announced plans to offer some form of sit-down dining at their facilities:
Ari Korean BBQ - The Johns Creek restaurant, which has launched a special curbside menu, will reopen for dine-in lunch and dinner service on May 7.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar - All four locations of the burger restaurant reopened on April 27: Chamblee, Decatur, Roswell and Smyrna.
The Battery - Several eateries within the entertainment complex next to Truist Park in Cobb County are offering dine-in service with modifications including Cru Food & Wine Bar, Goldberg’s Fine Foods, Ph’east, which also offers patio seating and Yard House.
C&S Seafood and Oysters - Vinings - The Vinings location of the seafood restaurant announced on that it would reopen for dinner on April 27 at 4 p.m. Seating will be limited and all staff will follow state guidelines by wearing masks and gloves. Dinner will be by reservation only and seating will be reduced by 25% beyond the state’s occupancy requirements.
Chicken Salad Chick - The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. for dine-in with modifications or curbside pickup and community pop-ups.
Chronic Tacos Alpharetta - The Alpharetta location of Chronic Tacos reopened on April 27. The restaurant will take new safety precautions, including removing tables to encourage social distancing. The restaurant will also offer two free kids bean and cheese burrito combos with a purchase of $20 or more.
Fuego Tortilla Guisos & Taqueria - The Marietta restaurant is offering dine-in service for lunch and dinner.
The Harp - The Grant Park restaurant is offering social distancing on its two patios, with at least 10 feet between tables and gloves provided for customers for use at the self-serve tap wall.
Hugo’s Oyster Bar - The Roswell restaurant reopened for dine-in service for dinner on April 27. Seating will be limited and all staff will follow state guidelines by wearing masks and gloves. Dinner will be by reservation only and seating will be reduced by 25% beyond the state’s occupancy requirements.
Jason’s Deli - All metro Atlanta locations of Jason’s Deli reopened their dining rooms on April 27. In accordance with state guidelines, the restaurant’s salad bar will not be open for self-service, but employees will prepare custom salad bar orders for individual customers.
Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub - The Marietta bar and restaurant opened on April 27 with limited indoor seating while adding a permanent to-go menu to its business model.
Landry’s, which operates 600 dining establishments around the world, has reopened all of its Georgia restaurant dining rooms. Landry’s operates Chart House in Savannah, Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse in Dunwoody, Del Frisco Grille and The Palm in Buckhead, Joe’s Crab Shack in Morrow and Savannah, Morton's The Steakhouse in Atlanta, McCormick & Schmick’s in downtown Atlanta and The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Midtown.
Le Colonial - The Buckhead restaurant resumed limited dining services May 4, with only its patio open for sit-down service and delivery and to-go continued to be offered. No more than 10 patrons are allowed per 500 square feet and no more than six patrons may be seated at the same table.
Moe’s Original BBQ - The Alabama-based barbecue chain’s 14th street location reopened for in-person dining on April 27.
On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina - The chain reopened its dining rooms on May 6. The restaurant will follow social distancing guidelines; have employees focusing solely on cleaning countertops, tables, chairs and door handles; offer disposable menus; and require employees to complete a health questionnaire, have their temperature checked before clocking in and wear masks and gloves.
The Original Hot Dog Factory - Both locations of the restaurant, in Smyrna and Downtown, opened for dining services on May 1.
Ray’s at Killer Creek - Opened for dinner service May 1.
Ray’s on the River - Opened for dinner service May 1.
Roaster’s - Both locations of Roaster’s in Lenox and Sandy Springs opened April 27 for limited dine-in service.
Rocky Mountain Pizza - On April 21, the Midtown bar and pizza restaurant that it would reopen on April 27.
Roxx Tavern - The Cheshire Bridge restaurant allows on-premise dining on its patio only. Its dining room will remain closed.
Salata - The built-to-order salad chain reopened its Georgia units May 1. Salata has two intown locations as well as units in Alpharetta and Marietta.
Southern Bistro - The Sandy Springs restaurant has opened its patio for on-premise dining. The dining room remains closed.
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