/Kentucky restaurant disobeys governors order, continues indoor dining – WLWT Cincinnati

Kentucky restaurant disobeys governors order, continues indoor dining – WLWT Cincinnati


When bars and restaurants in Kentucky closed indoor dining Friday night, at least one restaurant owner refused.Despite the governor’s order requiring bars and eateries to cease indoor service by 5 p.m. Friday, Beans Cafe and Bakery in Dry Ridge decided not to follow that directive.Families were still eating inside the restaurant past the five o’clock cutoff. Owner Richard Hayhoe posted a letter on Facebook, announcing the move to customers. More than a thousand comments revealed mixed, passionate opinions.”For a 99.6% survival rate, we are destroying the economy and destroying peoples lives and all of the things that go along with it,” Hayhoe said.Just two months ago, Kentucky’s attorney general filed a lawsuit challenging the governor’s orders related to the pandemic, such as mask mandates and business restrictions.”We were a part of that lawsuit, we represented the restaurant industry in that lawsuit,” Hayhoe said.The state’s highest court ruled in favor of the governor though, saying that Beshear acted within his power.Meanwhile, customers at Beans agree with Hayhoe: It should be their decision whether to eat inside a restaurant or not.”Certainly wanted to support the Hayhoe family who owns the beans business to stay open during the supposed shutdown,” customer Paul Trelc said. “You know the idea is that by shutting down businesses we’re going to stop the coronavirus or the spread of it, and I think that’s a ridiculous notion.”WLWT reached out to the Grant County Sheriffs Office and Dry Ridge Police Department to see if they are going to come by and enforce the governor’s order. We have not heard back.

When bars and restaurants in Kentucky closed indoor dining Friday night, at least one restaurant owner refused.

Despite the governor’s order requiring bars and eateries to cease indoor service by 5 p.m. Friday, Beans Cafe and Bakery in Dry Ridge decided not to follow that directive.

Families were still eating inside the restaurant past the five o’clock cutoff.

Owner Richard Hayhoe posted a letter on Facebook, announcing the move to customers. More than a thousand comments revealed mixed, passionate opinions.

“For a 99.6% survival rate, we are destroying the economy and destroying peoples lives and all of the things that go along with it,” Hayhoe said.

Just two months ago, Kentucky’s attorney general filed a lawsuit challenging the governor’s orders related to the pandemic, such as mask mandates and business restrictions.

“We were a part of that lawsuit, we represented the restaurant industry in that lawsuit,” Hayhoe said.

The state’s highest court ruled in favor of the governor though, saying that Beshear acted within his power.

Meanwhile, customers at Beans agree with Hayhoe: It should be their decision whether to eat inside a restaurant or not.

“Certainly wanted to support the Hayhoe family who owns the beans business to stay open during the supposed shutdown,” customer Paul Trelc said. “You know the idea is that by shutting down businesses we’re going to stop the coronavirus or the spread of it, and I think that’s a ridiculous notion.”

WLWT reached out to the Grant County Sheriffs Office and Dry Ridge Police Department to see if they are going to come by and enforce the governor’s order. We have not heard back.

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