ST. LOUIS — Restaurants in the St. Louis area have had to temporarily close again due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Multiple restaurants have either had an employee test positive for COVID-19 or a customer. In some cases, restaurants are temporarily closing after a potential exposure involving an employee. Others are closing their dining rooms out of an abundance of caution.
Businesses are not required to tell the public if a customer or employee has tested positive for the virus. However, several restaurants in the area have chosen to make public, transparent statements to let customers know the situation.
Below is the current list of St. Louis area restaurants that temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Editor’s note: This story will continue to be updated.
9 Mile Garden announced it will temporarily close beginning July 31, which is the same day new restrictions begin in St. Louis County to curb rising COVID-19 numbers. After working with the St. Louis County Department of Health, it reopened on Aug. 12.
The owners behind The Bellwether and Polite Society announced on July 27 the restaurants would temporarily close after learning a guest at The Bellwether may have tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant said no employees have tested positive or have even experienced symptoms, but they decided to close out of an abundance of caution. Polite Society reopened on July 31 and The Bellwether reopened on Aug. 1.
Broadway Oyster Bar announced it was temporarily closing on Aug. 7 after an employee tested positive. The restaurant said the worker did not have symptoms, practiced safety measures and wore a mask at all times. Broadway Oyster Bar will have the restaurant professionally cleaned before its target reopening date of Aug. 12.
Elmwood announced it will put a pause on dine-in services due to “rising numbers locally and nationally” that are “too great to ignore, too great to leave to hope,” the restaurant announced on Instagram. The Maplewood spot will switch back to only offering to-go orders beginning July 30 and continuing through August. Elmwood plans also to offer a new menu with a focus on pizza.
The Gramophone announced on July 27 to close its indoor dining areas "due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers," the popular sandwich spot wrote on Instagram. It was still offering food and drinks to-go until it announced Saturday that an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. "For everyone's safety we are closing immediately to figure out the best solution. Sorry for the inconvenience, we'll be back as soon as it's safe," the restaurant wrote.
Juniper in the Central West End announced on July 19 it would be closing its dining room and moving to carry out and delivery only due to COVID-19 concerns. "I do not anticipate re-opening our dining room for at least a year ... we are at least prepared for that. Takeout, and delivery (finally) will be our new model for the foreseeable future. Take care y’all," the tweet from Juniper said.
Mai Lee announced on July 29 it was closing until further notice after an employee was exposed to the virus outside of work. The restaurant later announced all employee tests came back negative. "While we felt confident that the exposed employee was not in contact with other staff, we decided the best and only course of action was to have everyone checked," the restaurant said on Instagram, announcing it would reopen on Aug. 5.
Narwhal’s announced on July 27 it is closing the dining rooms at both of its locations. Curbside and walk-up service continue. “We cannot ignore the latest COVID surges and the prevalence of the virus in our community right now,” it wrote on its Facebook page.
Rockwell Beer Co. closed on Aug. 5 after one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. It said all employees will need to test negative for the virus before returning to work. In an Instagram post, it said it plans to reopen on Aug. 7.
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