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Restaurants closing again due to coronavirus concerns

Some restaurants are closing their doors after employees are testing positive while others are choosing to shut down temporarily due to coronavirus surge concerns.

Posted: Jul 9, 2020 8:24 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2020 10:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Local businesses in Chico are choosing to shut down, some as employees test positive, others in anticipation of contributing to an outbreak.

The Banshee owner, Will Brady says he decided to temporarily close his restaurant again for a few different reasons,  from the recent spike in cases to not making enough money.

The Banshee before the coronavirus was frequently packed with people sitting at tables and ordering drinks at the bar, but for months now it has been empty.

They have been offering take-out for the past few weeks but Brady says he doesn't want to take any chances with the recent surge in cases and the loss in profit.

"We think that if we are going to make it and we are, it's best to use our savings to improve our business for the future without the coronavirus hanging over our heads,"said Brady.

Brady says they will also stay afloat thanks to funds from the PPP loan.

He says they are still hoping to be able to offer Street dining at The Banshee soon but they are still figuring out those details.
Brady adds that his employees will not be laid off, they will continue working but instead are going to use this time to renovate the restaurant and his other two businesses, B Street and Bills Towne Lounge.

If you want to support The Banshee it will be offering take-out until Sunday night, after that all three restaurants will remain closed until further notice. 

On Wednesday, Pita Pit in Chico also announced that they would close temporarily after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.

Action News Now spoke with the owner who said the restaurant would be closed for 4 or 5 days while the rest of the employees get tested. 

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