Some Tuscaloosa Restaurants Experiencing a Boost After Bar Memorandum

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sidney Spencer

<p><span data-contrast=”auto”>While Tusclaoosa Mayor Walt Maddox enacted an executive order closing bars for two weeks beginning Aug. 24, several restaurants say they’re benefiting from the temporary rule. </span><span data-ccp-props='{“201341983″:0,”335559739″:160,”335559740″:259}’> </span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>Local restaurants World of Beer and Black Warrior Brewing Co. are open for business and remain big hangout spots for Tuscaloosa residents.</span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>Maddox’s two-week bar cl</span><span data-contrast=”auto”>o</span><span data-contrast=”auto”>sure announcement came after a spike in COVID-19 cases on the University of Alabama’s campus. </span><span data-ccp-props='{“201341983″:0,”335559731″:720,”335559739″:160,”335559740″:259}’>Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 24, more than 500 UA students were diagnosed with COVID. Many more are under quarantine after being in close contact with COVID-positive students.</span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, Maddox signed an executive order closing bars for two weeks and ending bar service at restaurants.  Restaurants can still serve alcohol via table service.</span><span data-ccp-props='{“201341983″:0,”335559731″:720,”335559739″:160,”335559740″:259}’><br></span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>World of Beer Server Cameron Ellington said he’s been noticing </span><span data-contrast=”auto”>a change in business since the executive order went into effect. </span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>“Now we’re expecting almost a full house every night,” Ellington said. “Especially since college kids really have nowhere else to go right now and want to drink during the weekdays.” </span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>Black Warrior Brewing Co. Co-Owner Joe Fuller said he’s is making sure his business adheres to the city’s rules so he can keep patrons safe but stay open.</span><span data-ccp-props='{“201341983″:0,”335559731″:720,”335559739″:160,”335559740″:259}’> </span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>“We’re looking at just trying to stay within all the guidelines that the mayor and the governor put out,” Fuller said. “We’re doing everything we possibly can here as well as everybody else that owns a business like we do. To make sure that our customers are safe and our staff is safe. And we’re doing the right thing to slow the spread.”</span></p><p><span data-contrast=”auto”>The executive order lasts through Sept. 7.</span></p>

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