Madison County restaurants say they know customers will help them survive any new Covid difficulties

Luke Hawke, executive chef at Domaine South

Governor Kay Ivey is not looking to do another shutdown, but needs more Alabamians to get vaccinated.

Posted: Jul 25, 2021 11:24 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2021 9:41 AM

As the Delta variant of coronavirus continues to spread across the country, some cities are reimplementing COVID protocols like masking.

However, in Madison County things are fully open and many businesses are not requiring masks, and people are still going out and about.

WAAY-31 checked in with a few businesses in Madison County about whether or not they fear another shutdown.

At Big Ed's Pizza they told us they didn't miss a beat when COVID forced them to limit customers and only do to-go orders.

Gov. Kay Ivey made it clear she doesn't plan to shut down any businesses or implement a mask mandate, but places like Big Ed's say if that changes, they're prepared.

"Our customers kept several of our full-time employees...They tipped them great. So it's all the customers," said Kristen Drake of Big Ed's Pizza.

She says they've always been fairly busy, but after the pandemic it's nearly doubled.

The Delta variant is rapidly spreading and most counties are now at a very high risk for COVID-19.

This has some people worried another shutdown may happen, forcing restaurants to close again.

"We already know we can do it. We've already been successful. So, if it gets to that point, great, we'll be fine but I hope it doesn't. But we've already perfected it," said Luke Hawke, executive chef at Domaine South.

He says they've grown throughout the pandemic. So much so, they'll be moving to a bigger location soon.

"We're kind of out-growing our space right now. Like, we're turning people away a lot. So we want to grow, want to be bigger and do more for the community," said Hawke.

Hawke and Drake believe the pandemic caused another level of appreciation for local businesses.

Because of that, the community has continued to support them.

"I think everybody really enjoys doing local. They support local businesses, especially mom & pop places, you know, little boutiques, vendors, things like that everybody is all about that now. We're super appreciative of that," said Drake.

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