AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — After being open for takeout during the pandemic, in November, Grover's Bar and Grill in Amherst decided they couldn't continue. So, like many restaurants, Grover's has sat quiet for months. Despite the news that indoor dining can reopen in orange zones -- this is how it will remain for another two weeks.
"Let's keep our customers safe," owner, Georgina Hartman said, "two more weeks isn't going to do any more damage than it already has done."
According Hartman, Grover's can reopen but are choosing not to. The decision is strictly in the name of safety. Grover's wants to see what Western New York's COVID-19 numbers look like before welcoming customers and staff back through the doors.
"I agree with the opening I'm glad it can be done safely but its going to be new," Hartman said.
Hartman hopes that the two weeks before the reopen on February 2nd will give the restaurant and their suppliers the chance to get back in the swing of things. Grover's can fit around 70 people at full capacity, so these new restrictions don't mean the restaurant will be back to its glory as only a portion of the staff can come back.
"Not even a quarter percent of our employees unfortunately," Hartman said.
Even though it's only a quarter, it's a good start. A start the restaurant hopes they can hit in a few weeks.
"If it's all successful, February 2nd we're going to open."