I found two more restaurants which closed yesterday due to COVID-19 concerns. This pandemic seems to hang on and make 2020 more difficult. Let me be the first to tell you that both of these restaurants have closed their own doors temporarily out of concern for possibly spreading the virus to more employees and customers coming through the door.

We have already seen many restaurants close for this same reason and all have reopened after taking a few days to clean and sanitize their entire restaurant and having employees tested for COVID-19.

The two latest restaurants to close temporarily due to COVID-19 concerns are The Ale House in Grand Junction located at 2531 North 12th St. and 357 Bar & Grill in Palisade.

The Ale House posted online that they had a staff member test positive for COVID-19. 357 Bar & Grill did NOT have any employee test positive but an employee's family member tested positive so other employees are being tested which is causing a staffing shortage. As you can expect, as soon as possible these restaurants would love to reopen but only after knowing that all employees and customers will be safe.

Update: 357 Bar & Grill will be open for take-out orders for the next few days. Call 970-464-2226 to place an order*

To have owners and managers putting the community, their employees, and customers first are really great to see. All business owners have been hurt by the challenges of this year but to hear that safety is coming first is tremendous and should be applauded. Fingers crossed both of these establishments can reopen soon so we can get back in there for some delicious food.

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