Temporary closure is due to a possible contact with a case of COVID-19
JOPLIN, Mo. – Due to possible contact with a case of COVI-19, the Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant on West Seventh Street is voluntarily closing their doors…temporarily.
“We all thought it was the best thing to do because we serve a clientele that is everything from newborns all the way up to some elderly, some of those have some compromised health issues at some point and we don’t want them to have a future problem, we have staff that have children, staff that have elderly parents, grandparents, it’s just not worth the risk” said Owner, Steve Shaffer.
He says it is not 100% that the contact with the case even happened and if it did, it was a couple days ago, but they were told of the possible contact and he said from there, it was an easy decision.
“Customers become family also, we’re a small family restaurant, my staff is obviously family, my customers are family.”
He is worried however, that being closed for ten days will hurt his business.
“No matter how big or small you are, you run the risk of being able to be financially done in, no income for ten days I mean personally I’ll survive it, my employees I’ll make sure they get by, we’ll all help, we’ll just pull but that’s part of it.”
Many people on Facebook were saddened and concerned by the news of the temporary closure, saying things like please reopen, and be safe.
“I’m sure there’s fear, it’s scary for us, it’s sad in some ways, but I think it’s been supportive for the most part” said Steve.
He says he is hoping to reopen on June 29th and get back to normal as soon as possible.
“What normal is going to be I’m not sure, the basic of it is for everyone to be safe, and healthy, right now were good so I want to keep it that way.”