Fairfield tavern owner: Reopening has been challenging in wake of COVID-19

A Fairfield and Stratford tavern owner is facing another setback after Gov. Ned Lamont announced a pause in phase three of opening Connecticut's economy.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2020, 5:31 PM

Updated 1,448 days ago

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A Fairfield and Stratford tavern owner is facing another setback after Gov. Ned Lamont announced a pause in phase three of opening Connecticut's economy.
Chris Delmonico says trying to navigate through the age of COVID-19 has been his biggest challenge in his more than 20 years in the restaurant and bar industry.
"People, you know, are scared to come out, so it's been challenging, yeah," he says.
Delmonico owns The Ole Dog Tavern in Fairfield and Stratford.
He says even with to-go orders, and more recently outdoor and limited indoor dining, he now makes as much money in a month of what he would usually make in a week.
"I'm probably down about 65%," Delmonico says.
Gov. Lamont announced he would pause phase three reopening, slated for July 20, because of coronavirus cases spiking in other parts of the country.
The phase includes bars reopening, but for Delmonico that means waiting longer.
"Hopefully, we're back before September at the bar. I hope things are fully open at 100% capacity. Otherwise, it's going to be interesting, people are going to be in trouble," Delmonico says.
 
 


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