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.”