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“It’s going to be a balancing act,” says Connecticut Retail Merchants Association President Tim Phelan. “We’re ready to reopen, and we’re hoping the general public is ready for us to reopen.”
A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.
Impatience among restaurant owners and questions about how an outside consulting group is working on Connecticut's soft reopening on May 20 rose to the fore today, as Gov. Ned Lamont acknowledged.
Gov. Ned Lamont also said that talks are ongoing with “a major Connecticut company” that is expressing optimism about developing a vaccine for the virus.
“Restaurants were the first businesses to be immediately and severely impacted by this crisis, and without your immediate assistance they will also be Connecticut’s first industry‐wide casualty,” Connecticut Restaurant Association Executive Director Scott Dolch warned the governor.
“Restaurants are not buying a lot of kegs these days,” one craft brewer noted wryly.
"We've never had a James Beard Award winner out of Connecticut," said Scott Dolch. "As a competitive person, that bothers me."
“Restaurant economics are more of a challenge for landlords. They have a higher electrical capacity and a more intensive use of utilities,” said Jessica Curtis, senior managing director at Newmark Knight Frank in Stamford.
Insufficient capital and inadequate promotion offer two strikes against aspiring restauranteurs.