Hattie B’s Closes After Cook Tests Positive Plus More From Today’s COVID-19 Daily

Piece of Cake reopening some locations, US Cafe now serving guests on its patio in South Cobb.
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Nashville-based Hattie B’s Hot Chicken temporarily closed its Atlanta location, at 299 Moreland Ave., after a cook tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page shortly after the results were received.

“The health and safety of our staff and guests is our number one priority,” according to the social media posting.

“After learning today an employee at our restaurant at 299 Moreland Avenue tested positive for COVID-19, we are now closed. We will reopen after all precautionary measures have been taken, including a deep cleaning and sanitation—assisted by a professional cleaning company.”

According to further reporting by Eater Atlanta, the 32-year-old cook last worked in the kitchen on Wednesday, April 22, and reported having a fever on Thursday, April 23.

He was tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, April 26 to which the “positive” result was returned on Friday, May 1, the day after Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order had expired for most Georgians, and at the end of the first week restaurant dining rooms were allowed to reopen.

“The employee, a cook, did not engage with our guests. After reporting a fever, his only symptom, he promptly submitted to testing and self-isolation with full pay. Please check back here for updates, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.”

Piece of Cake Reopening

Piece of Cake is reopening its stores in Buckhead, Camp Creek, Collier Hills, Buckhead, and Vinings, on May 4, 2020, Co-Founder Helen Cleveland in an email Saturday told What Now Atlanta. 

“Reunited and it tastes so good!”

Chai Yo Modern Thai Reopens

After temporarily closing for six weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19, Chai Yo Modern Thai reopened Friday, May 1, for curbside takeout and delivery four days a week.

The restaurants operating hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, with the potential for additional days soon.

US Cafe Now Serving On Its Patio

US Cafe in South Cobb has not reopened its dining room, but guests can order inside and enjoy the food on the restaurant’s expansive patio, which is now open.

“With the guidelines set by the Georgia Restaurant Association and the State of Georiga, we have limited the amount of seating on the patio and have created at least six feet of space between our tables,” the restaurant in an email told patrons.

“Please know that the health and safety of our team and guests are of the utmost importance to us. We are maintaining rigorous health and safety standards to ensure this, and during this time we believe the patio can be enjoyed safely while following proper social distancing methods.”

Twin Peaks Back Up and Running

Twin Peaks Restaurants reopened its Kennesaw location Monday, April 27, and in Buckhead on Friday, May 1 at 11 a.m. for dine-in and carry out.

[Editor’s note: The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is rapidly evolving as is its effect on Atlanta, and the City’s businesses and its residents. Click here for What Now Atlanta’s ongoing coverage of the crisis. For guidance and updates on the pandemic, please visit the C.D.C. website.]

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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