After almost eight weeks, the City of Coral Gables prepares to reopen following a curfew and safer-at home order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On March 27th, the City of Coral Gables enacted a curfew for all residents between the hours of 11:00PM and 5:00AM. Today, that curfew has been lifted.
Following the easing of restriction from Florida Governor Ron Desantis and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the City will also begin to open the doors of restaurants and businesses on Wednesday.
The re-opening has been a welcome change for restaurants in Coral Gables that have seen a steep drop in revenues and had to adapt to the circumstances.
“It’s been 66 days, but we are still in the fight. It is a time of hope, of getting people together, making us better persons one inch at a time. Hopefully this will make all of us shine again, making this world a better place. Best.” said Claudia Romero of Bellmónt Restaurant at 339 Miracle Mile. Bellmónt, a family-owned and operated restaurant originally closed its doors at the start of the pandemic, but re-opened for takeout and delivery five weeks ago.
Similarly optimistic is Steven Bradley of Clutch Burger at 146 Giralda, who along with his wife, Anangelica, recently became parents to a beautiful baby girl. “Even though we have been open for take out and delivery throughout this entire crisis, nothing compares to dining out with an ice cold beer in a frozen glass with a gourmet clutch burger. We know everyone has the itch, and we are here to scratch it. Opening Wednesday is even more important than our original opening day. Come see why.”
Although restaurants will be reopening, it will be far from business as usual. Businesses reopening in this first phase will be limited to a 50% capacity.
“Blessed to be located on the outdoor Giralda Plaza, we will have all of our tables outside, and 50% capacity on the inside,” said Bradley.