One in 6 restaurants closed

A restaurant industry group says COVID-19 has devastated its member businesses.

By December 20, when an extended COVID-19 “pause” on business is set to expire, restaurants in Michigan will have been closed for 118 days. That’s nearly one-third of the year.

That amount of time without business has devastated the restaurant industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, a group that represents food services businesses across the U.S.

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The group estimates that more than 110,000 restaurants have shut down – long term or permanently – as a result of the pandemic and related shutdowns. That amounts to 17% of all restaurants, or about one out of every six.

That’s no surprise in Kalamazoo, where several high-profile restaurants have closed their doors in the past eight months.

The organization recently wrote a letter to Congress asking for financial relief. The restaurant industry has been pushing for a targeted stimulus bill for months.

“For every month that passes without a solution from Congress, thousands more restaurants across the country will close their doors for good,” wrote Sean Kennedy, the association’s executive vice president for public affairs.

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