Mount Clemens eatery halts dine-in service after two weeks
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Evan Pozios reversed his decision to resume dine-in service at Gus’ Coney Island in downtown Mount Clemens because he wanted to ease the burden on his staff and didn’t want to tempt fate.
Gus’, like many other restaurants in Macomb County, reopened its dining room to limited seating June 8, following its closure nearly three months earlier due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order temporarily banning on-premise dining as part of the state's COVID-19 response.
“We realize that this may be a disappointment to some of our customers, but considering the current global health crisis and the tenuous labor climate, we feel that it is the judicious way to proceed at this time,” Pozios said.
But after two weeks, Pozios closed the dining room again because of the heavy workload on his staff, which had dwindled from 22 to 10. Many employees don’t want to work because they are collecting the high unemployment benefits, he said.