Some restaurants closing temporarily, others changing policies

Published 12:49 pm Monday, March 16, 2020

Some local restaurants have announced closures or changes to their protocol amid COVID-19.

Jed Blackwell, executive director of the South Alabama Regional Airport, announced Monday that management has been in constant contact with the state department of public health regarding the airport facilities.

“Due to hosting numerous military and civilian customers from across the country, and most importantly the overall safety of our local community, our Blade “N’ Wing Café will close to the public starting today (Monday) at 2 p.m.,” Blackwell said.

The decision is until further notice.

“We will continue to serve our military and aviation customers who fly into our facility on a daily basis,” he said. “We will work diligently with the Centers for Disease Control and Alabama Department of Public Health monitoring the status of the current health situation.”

Blackwell said they wish for everyone’s safety during this difficult time.

“We are looking forward to reopening and having each of you visit our facility very soon.”

Additionally, King Buffett announced Monday they would be closed until further notice.

Benton’s in Opp said they are taking measures to “hopefully eliminate exposure to the virus for our customers and employees.”

The restaurant posted on social media they would be only serving from single serve containers; would remove half the tables to meet the recommendations for 6 feet spacing and recommend to go orders if possible.

“Thank you to all of our customers for your business and just know we will do our best here to stay going and serving fresh food and hopefully give you a reason to smile in these trying times.”

Tabby D’s Family Restaurant announced Monday that customers who did not feel comfortable coming inside, the staff would be more than happy to bring their food outside with a phone-in order.

The Star-News will update this as more developments take place.