Two local restaurant groups to require masks at all eateries

Two of the Indianapolis area’s top independent restaurant groups announced Friday that they would begin requiring customers to wear masks in their eateries starting Monday.

Cunningham Restaurant Group and Huse Culinary—which altogether operate more than 30 eateries—said they were taking the step to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect fellow diners and employees.

The restaurants said guests would need to wear face coverings when they are walking through common areas of the business, but not when they were dining. Guests who are not able to wear a mask due to medical conditions are being asked to consider a face shield.

Marion County already requires citizens to wear masks in public, so the new rule means a change only at Cunningham and Huse restaurants outside of Indianapolis.

Huse Culinary locations outside Marion County are 1933 Lounge by St. Elmo and The HC Tavern + Kitchen, both in Fishers. The company operates St. Elmo Steak House, Harry & Izzy’s and Burger Study in Indianapolis.

Cunningham eateries outside Marion County in Indiana include Charbonos in Avon; Bru Burger Bar locations in Brownsburg, Carmel, Evansville, Lafayette, Noblesville, Plainfield and South Bend; Stone Creek Dining Co. in Noblesville, Greenwood, Zionsville and Plainfield; Rize in Fishers; CRG Event Center in Plainfield; and Boulder Creek Dining Co. in Brownsburg.

In Marion County, Cunningham’s restaurants include Cafe 251, Mesh, Nesso Italian Kitchen, Provision, Rize, Union 50, Vida and Tavern at the Point.

Cunningham also operates restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky in areas that are already requiring masks.

A growing number of retail businesses are requiring customers to wear masks, including Walmart, Target, CVS, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Kroger and Menards.

“Our focus, more than ever, is on the health and safety of everyone who enters our doors and our employees,” said Craig Huse, CEO of Huse Culinary, in written remarks. “Wearing a mask is a simple way to help keep all of us safe while still being able to enjoy dining out. Both Huse Culinary and Cunningham Restaurant Group are committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 by asking patrons to join our employees in wearing face coverings.”

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10 thoughts on “Two local restaurant groups to require masks at all eateries

    1. That will be on the menu at the Republican National Convention, along with “Fake News Word Salad” and “Red Meat for the Base”.

  1. What an ignorant comment. You obviously haven’t experienced a friend or relative suffer through having the virus, and survive, or tragically die from it.

    1. I have witnessed it….three relatives who now have antibodies but with little to no symptoms from it LIKE NEARLY EVERYONE WHO GETS IT!!!!!!!!! Stop fear mongering! The hysteria is so ridiculous! Why is the reaction to this RARELY severe virus so different than all the rest?! People die in larger percentages from a whole lot of commonplace illnesses. All deaths are unfortunate and sad, but why did this become so hysterical, people??? I’ve never seen an overreaction like this in my life! Don’t respond to this post telling me my relatives were “lucky” they were among those to “survive” this or similar responses. No. Their experience with COVID-19 was not “lucky”. It was “likely”. VERY LIKELY. If you are afraid of getting sick (either irrationally or fairly due to extreme age and/or underlying conditions), just please stay home and let the rest of the rational world live our lives, please.

    2. Hey M.G…. help me figure this out. Normally during flu season my 75 year old diabetic, cancer survivor father can go about his life every day, with minimal pre-cautions. But this year, if he lives his every day life he is at risk of being intubated and dying very quickly. Please explain how this is just like a “commonplace illness?

  2. Wise decision by both restaurant groups! Anyone who’s known of someone with COVID-19 knows it doesn’t care whether you’re Red, Blue, a Pink-o, a Libertarian, or Anarchist. People need to separate this pandemic from politics! It’s moronic and will cause more pain and suffering if we don’t.

  3. So final thought…and this is what is great about America–if you don’t like the policies set forth by these great restaurant groups, take your body, your money, your freedom to choose, and go to a Western Sizzler. It really won’t matter to you when your sense of smell goes away. Capitalism is great! Vote with your dollars. All these wails and cries of people…no one is making you go. So don’t!!

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