'Cautiously optimistic’: Some restaurant owners face challenges getting back to normal

'Cautiously optimistic': Some restaurant owners face challenges getting back to normal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lots of people were out Saturday night now that restaurants have reopened as part of Phase 2 -- plus it’s Memorial Day weekend.

Restaurants were able to open dining rooms. And breweries can open as well, but many said it’s not quite the same.

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“Cautiously optimistic. I know I won’t do the type of numbers I normally do, but any amount of revenue is good to pay expenses,” said John Ellison, owner of Gin Mill.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s DaShawn Brown spoke to some restaurants about the challenges owners face in getting back to normal.

Local restaurants reopen dining rooms, welcome customers back