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Restaurant owners react to new restrictions brought on by COVID-19

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Posted at 12:47 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 00:49:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS — While the tables at local restaurants were empty on Monday, a meeting of local restaurant professionals filled every seat at a meeting in Broad Ripple.

The meeting was in response to new restrictions unveiled Monday by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

About 100 people attending the meeting hosted by The Liter House. While those in attendance agreed closing down dining to the public is necessary, they are petitioning the government to provide financial assistance to restaurants, provide special unemployment benefits to restaurant employees who are laid off and help the local restaurant industry transition to an affordable catering model that they say will be beneficial to the industry and the community as a whole.

"We're hoping that the government will help out restaurants to pay for their unemployment and the people they have to lay off," Jeff Berman, owner of Bazbeaux Pizza, said.

Members of the group told RTV6 that Hogsett will meet with the group on Tuesday.