BREWER — Late night drinks are a thing of the past, at least for now. Gov. Janet Mills imposed a 9 p.m. curfew for most businesses, including restaurants, earlier this week.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a bad idea,” said John Mason, general manager at High Tide. “I just wouldn’t say it’s the best idea.”
Most days, High Tide restaurant is open until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
“It looks like it will just create a bottleneck of people,” Mason said. “Instead of coming in at 9 to eat, they’ll come in earlier, so they’ll eat with the normal 8 o’clock crowd, so there’s more people in the restaurant instead of spreading it out.”
At Kosta’s, they think this change will impact bartenders more than anyone.
“I think that it won’t so much effect our front restaurant but the back bartenders are a little upset about it,” said Deanna Kamar, general manager at Kosta’s. “With weekends and the holidays coming up, it really would be a good time for us to fill to capacity and for them to make some extra money.”
Most restaurants have seen a loss of business since the start of the pandemic and are doing everything they can to keep the doors open.
“Social media and just being out there, letting people know we are practicing and going by safety guidelines,” Kamar said. “We have Doordash, Grub Hub, curbside. We’re just being as accommodating as possible.”
This curfew also applies to theaters, casinos and other amusement venues.
Right now, it extends through Dec. 6.