CLEVELAND — Ohio city's bar and restaurant scene is coming back to life after about four months of closures because of the pandemic.
Bar Cento, Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew and McNulty’s Bier Market are welcoming back customers starting Wednesday, March 10. Sam McNulty, who is one of several owners overseeing those five spots says now was the perfect time to try again.
“A lot of factors kind of came into play. So, when the governor talked about lifting the 10 p.m. curfew and the city and state stay-at-home advisories lifted that got us thinking,” McNulty said. “We're like St. Patrick's Week is just ahead. That'd be the perfect time to throw open our doors and reopen in a very safe but fun and festive way that.”
But even though the state is easing up on some of those safety protocols, McNulty says his Ohio City team is not letting their guard down when it comes to COVID.
“The masking, the distancing, of course, all the sanitizing that's going to be here permanently. We've also installed UV air filters in all our air handling units so that all the indoor air is constantly sanitized and scrubbed. It basically removes 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.”
Not to mention having more indoor and outdoor space helps a lot. McNulty says patios at many of the properties will be used and taken advantage of.
“We want Ohio city to thrive. Our neighbors at Great Lakes, the Flying Fig, the Black Pig across the street, Old Angle and ABC,” McNulty said. “We want all of our friends and neighbors to see life come back.”
Other spots in Ohio City are making a comeback as well. Great Lakes Brewery announced its reopening on St. Patrick’s Day with limited capacity for indoor and outdoor dining.