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Athens Restaurants Navigate July 4th During The Pandemic


While positive cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Georgia, business continues for many local restaurants.

In Athens, local eateries are taking different approaches to feeding their customers under the circumstances, from dine-in service to take-out only. Chuck Ramsay from Pulaski Height’s Barbecue, which only serves take-out, said his business experienced its busiest July Fourth ever this weekend, which he attributes to more Athenians staying in the area than usual. 

"From talking to my regulars and the new regulars we’ve gotten over the last few months, they vastly prefer take-out only. Quite a few even said that if we started doing dine-in again they would probably hold off on ordering from us for a while," he said.

Ramsay added that his business is staying the course this summer, maintaining take out services for the next few months. He faces challenges similar to many restaurants in the area, from having to decrease the size of his menu to operating with a reduced staff.