Founding Partner Robert Lewis Interviewed by CBS4 News Miami on How Restaurant Owners Will Need to be Creative Given the Likely Capacity Limits as Part of Miami-Dade County’s First Phase of Re-Opening

South Miami Mayor Sally Philips Wants To Make Sure Reopening Isn’t ‘Putting People In Jeopardy’

By Ty Russell | 

LINK TO VIDEO INTERVIEW

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida leaders are preparing for a phase one opening, and so are restaurants.

Shannon Allen and her husband, former NBA player Ray Allen, own “Grown” organic fast food restaurant near South Miami.

“The reason why I started Grown and wanted to reinvent fast food in the first place is because my middle child, Walker, has Type 1 diabetes, which is a very serious auto-immune condition. He is my why,” Shannon Allen said.

As a mother and business owner, health and safety are top priorities. Her restaurant was undergoing its daily deep cleaning while she talked to CBS4’s Ty Russell.

With Miami-Dade and Broward targeting May 18th to allow restaurants to loosen restrictions, Allen says she will wait.

“I’ve decided not to open up our dining room and the outdoor seating just yet,” Allen said.

South Miami Mayor Sally Philips is also hesitant on reopening. She wants to lean on other leaders, doctors and scientists to help decide if Monday is doable and what’s needed to avoid a spike in cases.

“Even if that means staying closed for another week, or another month I need to know and I want to be sure that I’m not putting people in jeopardy,” the mayor said.

Mayor Philips and other city leaders are considering closing streets to allow for more outside open seating since many businesses are already small in size, if there’s a 25% capacity limit indoors. If the city gets money from the Feds for coronavirus relief, they may help owners with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“I will be willing to use some of that money to help out businesses. I assume that will be an appropriate use of it,” the mayor said.

The mayor is also trying to get rapid tests to test people like clerks and servers regularly.

Hospitality Attorney Robert Lewis encourages owners, especially those who’s the struggling, to be creative to stay open. Especially if businesses are only allowed up to 25% capacity indoors for a while.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty there. But again, I think it’s about embracing the challenge, and moving forward for the industry as a whole,” Lewis with Spiritus Law said.

For Allen, who has kept all employees on board and continues to donate food to hospitals, she plans to stay open and positive during this uncertain time.

“We will continue to operate with drive thru, at-home delivery, pick-up and take out, which is really our main standing anyway. It’s about 40% of our business daily,” Allen said.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez admits cases have increased but hospital stays are down. Once there’s an order, cities like south Miami are allowed to be stricter than a county order.

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About Spiritus Law:
Spiritus Law is an entrepreneurial law firm focused on business regulatory licensing, trade practice compliance and business conflict resolution for highly regulated industries dealing in alcohol production and distribution, hospitality services, commercial development and international business transactions. The Firm is founded on traditional principles of client counseling and teamwork with a cutting-edge twist on regulatory innovation and modern problem-solving. We focus on the business needs of individual clients and leading industry members so we can advance business objectives and influence regulatory changes that guide our clients’ business operations. Spiritus Law combines a unique blend of professionals, including attorneys, government consultants, licensing assistants and paralegals to assist its diverse clients. We leverage our unparalleled experience working with government agencies and judicial courts on the federal, state and local level to develop compliance business operation strategies and resolve business conflicts and disputes. Our modern approach to transparent client representation and employee engagement defines our collaborative spirit and progressive energy.

Core Services:
Primary service areas include Alcohol Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Alcohol Production & Distribution Transactions, and Hospitality Regulatory Compliance & Permitting. The Alcohol Industry Group focuses on providing complete food and alcohol licensing and regulatory services in the development of licensing structures and business operational guidelines for the manufacturing, importation, purchase and retail sale and service of alcoholic beverages. Our firm services an array of industries, including alcohol producers, sports teams, hotels, theme parks, movie theaters, grocery stores, liquor stores, bars, commercial developers and more.

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