By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
Restaurants across our state have not had guests in their dining rooms since November 18, 2020. Empty for Thanksgiving, empty for Christmas and empty for New Years. It’s been a tough time for Michigan’s hospitality industry; thousands of jobs lost; many legacy and family businesses just won’t be around.
The good news is, we may be at the beginning of the end. Starting February 1, 2021 in-person dining will be allowed in all Michigan restaurants. While we will be limited to 25% capacity, it’s a start. Better than 100% of nothing.
Our industry needs to get back on their feet. In order to do that we need to get back in their dining rooms. I encourage you, wherever you live; get out to your favorite spot. I know you’ve missed that special entrée, brought to your table by your favorite server. And please, leave your server a generous tip.
If Zehnder’s has been on your mind, please stop in. There will be a warm fire in our lobby coupled with a warm welcome back.
And I assure you, there will be a smile behind the mask. You have my name on it.
Al Zehnder, CEO