Restaurant in Chehalis, WA opens dining room in defiance of Inslee

D4L Wed, 12/02/2020 - 01:56

"The lights are on and the indoor dining table is ready for you at an iconic Lewis County restaurant. Spiffy’s Restaurant and Bakery, at the I-5, highway 12 interchange opened for indoor dining Monday, against the Governor’s restrictions on restaurants. The Governor has cited a concern for increased coronavirus transmission at dining facilities and bars. Spiffy’s owner Rod Samuelson says he and his wife decided on opening to indoor eating, “as a matter of a protest for the injustice that’s being done by our Governor.” Samuelson says Governor Inslee is taking a stance that should come from the State Legislature. “I think he doesn’t have the power or right and is out of his jurisdiction” with his order to close indoor dining. Samuelson adds, “enough is enough and we’re making a stance because we think it’s the right thing to do.” Samuelson mentioned that many of the restaurants longstanding employees, some of whom have worked at Spiffy’s for over 30 years, have found it difficult to receive state unemployment benefits during the previous weeks of the shutdown. Rob and Kathy Grant have managed the restaurant for 34 years. Asked about whether his publicizing the restaurant’s opening against the state’s health care order would cause him to be fined by the state, Samuelson says, “I’m very confident that that’s going to happen, but it’s time that somebody takes the lead and makes a stance.” Samuelson and his wife Dianna have owned Spiffy’s for 50 years this coming January. On Monday’s reopening of indoor dining, he says, the response of customers at the restaurant, on Facebook and in emails they have sent out has been enormous. Spiffy’s at 110 State highway 12 is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily, serving their famous pies, cinnamon rolls and usual full menu."

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