Gov. Janet Mills has relaxed restrictions for restaurants in 12 Maine counties starting May 18, and they will be allowed to reopen to diners as long as they follow certain guidelines. In the four other counties, restaurants are still weighing their options.
We find out what owners are planning to do, and whether customers are ready to return. We also discuss some of the creative solutions restaurants have come up with so far to keep afloat, and those who've opted to close their doors altogether.
Steve Hewins, president & CEO, HospitalityMaine
Danny Collins (call-in), owner, Riverside Inn Restaurant in Presque Isle
Melanie Fox (call-in), owner, Helen’s in Ellsworth
Alejandra Herrera (call-in), co-owner, Quiero Cafe in Saco and Portland
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