Well the guideline orders have been made, and the process put in place for us to hit "pause" for three weeks here in the state of Michigan. Although the vast majority of restaurants are shutting their doors, one restaurant in Fenton has decided to move forward with staying open.

The Meeting Place in Fenton posted on their Facebook page that it would be "business as usual" at the popular location on Owen Road. In their post, the restaurant indicated that in addition to take out and patio service, they would continue on with dine-in service as well. 

The statement read, "Our doors are open for the community regular business hours" indicating business hours from Tuesday through Sunday. They also noted Happy Hour is still in effect. The post also offered delivery and reservations for customers.

The restaurant went on to write, "Thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do this without you! This is America land of the free cause of the brave 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸".

We reached out to management of The Meeting Place and received this response,

We are a small business woman owned and woman ran company with children and families. In an industry where it is not easy as a female to cross many hurdles. We have worked too long and too hard to keep starting over like this. We can not bare to know some employees won’t be able to provide for the holidays being shut down for three weeks. We are not by any means profiting off of this as a business owner, heck it is actually costing more to stay open. But maybe the few extra customers that are tired of the tyranny will be exactly what does help our employees still provide a thanksgiving dinner. We live in the greatest country on the planet no one should forget that, and more importantly no one should forget why it is the greatest country on the planet. Freedom not communism.

 

Comments to the post echoed support from many indicating that people were definitely looking to give business to the local eatery for both for dine in and take out. Under the "Three-Week Pause", which took affect on Wednesday, restaurants and bars were to be open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery only.

The Meeting Place is not the only popular restaurant in Mid- Michigan to make a decision to stay open. They are joining Woodchips BBQ in Lapeer who also announced that they would be keeping their doors open not only for their customers but for their employees as well.