Restaurants and bars in Kentucky could very well lose millions of dollars this holiday season.It’s been 10 years since Joe Bishop started Bungalow Joe’s Family Grill and Pub in the Fern Creek area.”We have not had a year where our sales have been lower than the year prior, ever,” said Bishop.But not even a week into new COVID-19 restrictions suspending indoor dining by Gov. Andy Beshear to fight the spread of COVID-19, he’s unsure about the future.”I have employees that are struggling,” said Bishop. “We did everything that we could, and I know there’s some places out there that didn’t and it seems like everyone’s penalized just for the few.” Stacy Roof is the president of the Kentucky Restaurant Association. She says Thanksgiving week and heading into the weekend makes a difference.”They’re going to miss out on the shopping bump that they get. That’s huge because that usually gets them through the winter,” said Roof.She estimates thousands of dollars lost for local businesses. Bishop agrees. On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving both University of Louisville and University of Kentucky men’s basketball played.”We would have had a really good night; my employees would have made a lot of money and I would have paid some bills and we don’t have that,” said Bishop.He estimates he’s lost around $300,000 this year.Bishop says the reason why he’s been able to keep his doors open for this long is because of his loyal customers.”I’ve got the best customers in town and they’ve supported us, and they’ve supported us through all of this as much as they could,” Bishop told WLKY.Bishop says he’ll do all that he can to make sure his workers see a steady paycheck. But with December next week, he’s not all that optimistic that restrictions won’t be implemented again.”Christmas is around the corner and people would want to gather again and New Years is around the corner and people would want to gather again,” said Bishop.As of now, Beshear said Dec. 13 is when restrictions will be lifted.

Restaurants and bars in Kentucky could very well lose millions of dollars this holiday season.

It’s been 10 years since Joe Bishop started Bungalow Joe’s Family Grill and Pub in the Fern Creek area.

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“We have not had a year where our sales have been lower than the year prior, ever,” said Bishop.

But not even a week into new COVID-19 restrictions suspending indoor dining by Gov. Andy Beshear to fight the spread of COVID-19, he’s unsure about the future.

“I have employees that are struggling,” said Bishop. “We did everything that we could, and I know there’s some places out there that didn’t and it seems like everyone’s penalized just for the few.”

Stacy Roof is the president of the Kentucky Restaurant Association. She says Thanksgiving week and heading into the weekend makes a difference.

“They’re going to miss out on the shopping bump that they get. That’s huge because that usually gets them through the winter,” said Roof.

She estimates thousands of dollars lost for local businesses. Bishop agrees. On Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving both University of Louisville and University of Kentucky men’s basketball played.

“We would have had a really good night; my employees would have made a lot of money and I would have paid some bills and we don’t have that,” said Bishop.

He estimates he’s lost around $300,000 this year.

Bishop says the reason why he’s been able to keep his doors open for this long is because of his loyal customers.

“I’ve got the best customers in town and they’ve supported us, and they’ve supported us through all of this as much as they could,” Bishop told WLKY.

Bishop says he’ll do all that he can to make sure his workers see a steady paycheck. But with December next week, he’s not all that optimistic that restrictions won’t be implemented again.

“Christmas is around the corner and people would want to gather again and New Years is around the corner and people would want to gather again,” said Bishop.

As of now, Beshear said Dec. 13 is when restrictions will be lifted.

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