Throughout the Toledo area, many restaurants and bars are struggling to enforce social distancing guidelines. Others are having to close their doors because they’ve had employees test positive for COVID-19. Most of the establishments we’ve listed in this ever-evolving list of closures have only closed temporarily for deep cleans or due to an inability to provide limited seating within their space while still turning a profit. Either way, we are keeping a running list of updates on these closures, and we welcome our readers to give us feedback on any we’ve missed.
**Last Updated: 08/10/2020**
Glass City Cafe
1107 Jackson St.
The home of Bluegrass Breakfasts was set to reopen on July 6, but the owners decided it wasn’t quite time. “Downtown is still not thriving during the week, with many employees still working from home,” owners Debbie and Steve Crouse posted on July 5. “This, added to the ‘limited seating’ rule doesn’t make us very enthusiastic about re-opening. However, this is minor compared to the health concerns of our employees and customers.” Look for the Cafe’s reopening updates on their Facebook page.
The Original Sub Shop & Deli
402 Broadway St.
The Sub Shop reopened after a couple of months of being closed, but realized they needed to close again to keep their staff and customers safe during the July surge of COVID cases. On July 17, the Shop’s owner, Maureen Brogan, posted on social media that she and their staff are “grateful for the wild ride of the last two months, and we will see you in a few weeks.” Check their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.
144 N. Superior St.
The owners of Registry Bistro made the decision to temporarily close their fine dining restaurant in early May. There is no news of a definitive reopening date yet. On May 26 they posted the following on Facebook: “Although we are not quite ready to reopen our doors, we are working diligently to create a new menu with unique concepts for you to enjoy at Registry.”
Jake’s Saloon & Sports Pub
2520 Dorr St.
After receiving two citations for violating social distancing requirements, Jake’s Saloon temporarily (and voluntarily) closed. In a May 22 post, the owners posted, “Until we can operate as The Jake’s Saloon you all know and love, we will be temporarily closing- AGAIN!” Jake’s recently announced their reopening date as August 13. Check their Facebook page for further updates.
4315 Talmadge Rd.
After two employees who last worked on June 25 tested positive for COVID-19, J. Alexander’s completely closed to thoroughly clean the restaurant. They fully reopened on July 13.You can find updates about the Toledo location on their Facebook page.
Fowl & Fodder Downtown
614 Adams St.
Fowl & Fodder Downtown temporarily closed back in March to focus on creating a virtual market and delivery system, but they have fully reopened as of June 2. Along with their regular dining room, they also have outdoor seating available.
620 Dixie Hwy., Rossford
On July 20, Moe’s Place announced that they’d had two employees test positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, they said, “Because the health and welfare of our customers and employees are very important to us, we have closed temporarily in order for our staff to monitor themselves and get tested, and to properly quarantine to limit the exposure of this virus to anyone else.” Moe’s fully reopened on August 7. Read their full statement here.
Handel’s Ice Cream
5655 Secor Rd.
Handel’s closed their Secor location for a deep clean after discovering that an employee tested positive for the coronavirus on June 29. The location reopened a few days later, following a sanitization based on CDC and Toledo Health Department guidelines.
2804 W. Sylvania Ave.
On July 6, Orchard Inn released a statement that they’d had an employee test positive for COVID-19. “Out of an abundance of caution, we will be temporarily closed to continue to clean and to verify that there has not been any spread,” they posted on their Facebook page. The restaurant reopened on July 16 with a notice that they will be enforcing these rules.
O’Shea’s Irish Pub
1851 W. Sylvania Ave.
In early July, O’Shea’s made the decision to close for 14 days after learning that a patron had tested positive for COVID-19. The Pub is now open, and the citywide mask requirement will be strictly enforced. Anyone who shows up without a mask can purchase one from O’Shea’s for $1.
Pat & Dandy’s Sports Bar & Grill
3340 W. Laskey Rd.
P&D’s was set to reopen on July 16, but they decided to postpone after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. “We are doing this out of an abundance of caution and are committed to the safety of our guests and employees,” they stated in a July 2 post. Pat & Dandy’s recently posted that they will be reopening on July 21, adding that “we have been professionally cleaned and sanitized again and, as we have been, staying within the CDC Guidelines.”
Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub
8116 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI
The Sidelines Lambertville location announced a temporary closure on July 1 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but they fully reopened on July 6 after taking thorough precautions. “Employees have been tested, sanitation procedures have been completed and we are ready to serve you in a very SAFE environment,” they posted on their Facebook page.
5347 N. Detroit Ave.
West Toledo’s Sneaky Pete’s had to temporarily close after a bartender tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequently had to be hospitalized, news that they posted on their Facebook page on July 12. After a deep clean of the facility, Sneaky Pete’s reopened on July 27 with a resolve to strictly enforce masks inside the bar. “We all want things back to what it was like before Covid,” they posted. “Hopefully that will be soon, but, until then, let’s all do our part.”
Tékēla Mexican Cantina and Cocina
5147 S. Main St., Sylvania
The Sylvania location temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant released a statement on July 6 informing customers that the closure allows for “deep cleaning, following guidance from the Lucas County Health Department, and initiating staff testing.” This location reopened on July 13.
Ye Olde Durty Bird
2 S. St. Clair St.
The Bird temporarily shut its doors on July 8 after an employee confirmed testing positive for COVID-19. After a deep clean, the restaurant fully reopened on July 19.
Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar
3143 W. Central Ave.
Though Calvino’s is still open for carry-out and curbside pickup, they have postponed their initial plans to reopen fully in early July, stating, “We don’t know what tomorrow or the next day will bring, but we want to make sure we are not bringing our staff back to work and customers back inside, only to get sick and spread this virus.” Read the full July 1 Facebook post here.
702 Monroe St.
Chevy’s Place is open for patio seating only until further notice. They released a statement on July 10: “The governor is giving us business owners a responsibility and duty to do our due diligence and protect our patrons to our fullest abilities.” You can find updates on their Facebook page.
Rudy’s Hot Dog
4748 Monroe St.
Rudy’s Monroe St. location temporarily closed for a deep clean after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. As of July 11, this location reopened their drive-thru services, but their dining room is still closed until further notice. The hours at this location have also been limited to 10am to 8pm daily. Visit their Facebook page for up-to-date information. *The Lewis Ave. location’s dining room has temporarily closed as of July 22 because of the spike in COVID-19 cases, though their drive-through is still open during regular business hours.
Ya Halla Restaurant
2124 W. Alexis Rd.
From July 26 until Labor Day, Ya Halla will be open for carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery only. Their decision to close the dining room because of the rising cases of COVID-19. “None of our employees have been affected, but, with the rapid spread and increase in cases, we have decided to be proactive,” they said in their announcement of the partial closure.
Evans Street Station
110 S. Evans St., Tecumseh, MI
Evans Street Station recently announced their permanent closure after having temporarily shut their doors due to the pandemic. “After much contemplation, it is with heavy hearts we announce that Evans Street Station has closed due to the effects of the pandemic,” the restaurant owners posted on their Facebook page. “The building and the business have been put up for sale. It has been an honor to serve the greater Lenawee Community over these past 19 years.”
Bravo! Cucina Italiano
5001 Monroe St.
The Franklin Park Bravo! Permanently shut its doors on March 31 after the statewide lockdown. Though they did offer carryout options through early April, the closure became official once Bravo’s parent company, FoodFirst Global Restaurants, filed for bankruptcy and had to close 71 of their restaurants.
218 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg
After struggling to weather the storm of COVID-19 during their first year of business, Suburban Bottle made the difficult decision to close permanently. Beginning on August 10, they will be open for retail-only, a closing sale that includes their fixtures, equipment, and all inventory. “I want to thank all who stopped in one last time to say farewell,” the owner posted after the shop’s final open weekend for wine pours. “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of messages I’ve received these past few days. I will miss serving you and giving you a few moments of wineful bliss we seek and need. For those interested, I will announce next week the details of our sale. Stay tuned.”
7406 Central Ave.
Deepam’s owner, Revathi Chillipalli, announced that the Indian restaurant will be permanently closing on August 31 after 16 years in business. “We have decided to end Deepam on a high note,” Chillipalli said. “COVID-19 has given a different perception towards life. It is very emotional to let go of Deepam, yet very happy entering a new phase in our lives, spending a lot of time with family, friends and traveling to distant places.” Follow the restaurant on Facebook to learn more about their closing sale.