2 Chainz Pulls About-Face After Getting Dragged For Intention To Reopen His Restaurants During Pandemic
Twitter had a lot to say about the rapper deciding to reopen the restaurant.
April 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm
2 Chainz and his business partner have decided not to reopen their two restaurants after being slammed online for announcing they would start serving dine-in customers on Monday.
The internet was seething for hours after 2 Chainz's business partner Snoop Dillard told TMZ that both Escobar Restaurant and Tapas Lounge would be up and running on Monday now that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has lifted some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
A number of restaurant owners said they wouldn't open despite the governor's order, but in the interview with TMZ, Dillard said the restaurants would be serving dine-in meals and defended their decision. Before the two backed out, TMZ reported, "sales at both locations have been down 95% during the shutdown and the restaurants were forced to furlough around 80% of its staff."
But on Friday afternoon, Dillard sent another statement to TMZ saying, "After careful consideration, we are not going to open our restaurants on Monday. It has not officially been decided when we will start having dine-in service."
Dillard initially told TMZ they were rehiring 80 people and they would do everything possible to protect diners by checking the temperatures of staff members, mandating everyone wear gloves and forcing all cooks to wear masks. The restaurant would also have had single-use paper menus, and anyone working who showed COVID-19 symptoms would have been sent home for at least 14 days, according to TMZ.
Despite continuing fears about the virus, the restaurant even considered bringing back hookahs and DJs, Dillard told TMZ. Dillard added that he and 2 Chainz would be donating meals to local healthcare workers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.
But the social media onslaught appeared to be too much for the two businessmen.
As always, Twitter was quick to react to the news that the rapper was going against the pleas of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.