Columbus eating places hope new vaccination eligibility will enhance enterprise

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that all Ohioans 16 and older could get COVID-19 by the end of the month was great news not only for them but for the restaurant industry as well.

The hope is that more and more people will feel comfortable eating in person again.

The announcement comes at a crucial time as warmer weather approaches and more restaurants are expanding their outdoor dining areas.

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Over the past year, empty tables and bar stools have become an all-too-familiar sight that many in the restaurant industry are hoping to change now as a larger segment of the Ohio population is soon eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

“It’ll help bring the traffic back in a lot more,” said Yash Kishinchand of Rooh, a restaurant in the short north. “We haven’t opened a summer in the short north since we opened. So this will be nice. Hopefully we will have pedestrian traffic again. “

Kishinchand said the goal is to open more than just a dinner in the near future.

“If we can have this weekend rush every single day of the week it would be best for our business,” he said. “Hopefully we can open more days, think about lunch or brunch, and expand that.”

The Ohio Restaurant Association said the move was a positive step in the right direction, but there was still a long way to go.

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It looks like it is on the rise for the restaurant industry, but there is still a long way to go, ”said Homa Moheimani, manager of media and communications for the Ohio Restaurant Association. “In the restaurant industry, just because there is something that is about to open up, but they have suffered so many losses over the past year that it is a long road to recovery.”

Tony Tanner, co-owner of Cleaver in Grandview, hopes the new vaccination rating will add more buzz.

“Just packed, that’s what I want,” he said. “I just want it to be full, for people to be comfortable, for us to be comfortable, for us to lift our restrictions so that we know everyone is safe and that we can go back to work as usual.”

Tanner also hopes the news will be reassuring to his employees.

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“I know the people who work for us are very excited to get in there because they have been with customers since a year ago today when everything was closed,” said Tanner. “You’ve been with customers the whole time.”

The restaurant association said many employees are still feeling the effects of the pandemic and have put together a relief fund to help. Further information on the fund can be found at Click here.