After briefly reopening, several Brevard restaurants and bars have had to close up shop because of the coronavirus pandemic. As restrictions have lifted — Florida is now in Phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis' reopening plan — the return to normal hasn't been easy.
The following Brevard restaurants have closed because of COVID-19 or matters COVID-related, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.
4th Street Fillin Station, 382 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931: The restaurant will remain closed until June 24 out of an abundance of caution while all employees get tested for COVID-19, according to a Facebook post.
“Although we have gone above and beyond in taking every safety precaution recommended by the CDC to keep our team and guests safe, there is a growing concern among our team. Collectively, we are concerned for the safety and well-being of not only our team members but for everyone who comes through our doors,” the post read. “Therefore, we have decided that all of our staff must be tested and receive negative test results before returning to work. In order to allow for our entire team to be thoroughly tested, and considering the time it takes to get test results back, we have made the decision to close our doors for roughly two weeks as of today, Wednesday, June 24.”
Cryderman’s, 401 Florida Ave., Cocoa, and 401 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne: Both locations have closed to “test all employees to adequately monitor the safety of our restaurant,” according to owner Chad Cryderman.
Crying Monk, 333 King St. Cocoa: After “one confirmed positive result within the reach of our establishment,” the relatively new bar and restaurant was temporarily closed. “We must take this time to mandate that all of our employees get the COVID-19 testing completed. No one will return to work until their results are proven negative,” the proprietors wrote June 22. Visit thecryingmonk.com.
Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill, 610 Glen Cheek Dr., Cape Canaveral: The popular shoreside restaurant announced Thursday that it would close its doors for two weeks after “3 of our 121 employees tested positive after celebrating an event outside of our establishment almost two weeks ago,” according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. The post added that neither the owners nor the managers of the restaurant tested positive for COVID-19, and that staff is “confident that guests were not exposed or at risk.” Visit fishlipswaterfront.com.
Irashiai 2 Japanese Bistro, 4870 Babcock St. NE, Palm Bay: The respected ramen specialist, having required all employees to be tested for coronavirus, is temporarily closed.
Kelsey’s Pizzeria, 1954 U.S. 1, Rockledge: Kelsey’s closed June 22 “out of an abundance of caution.”. As of Thursday, the pizzeria is doing take out and delivery orders only. The plan is to reopen the dining room after all the employees receive their test results. Visit kelseyspizzeria.com.
Fiesta Azteca locations — 850 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne; 3194 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, 6775 N. Wickham Road, Suntree; and La Fiesta, 7802 N. Atlantic Ave., Cape Canaveral — will be closed until further notice “to clean and disinfect.” Visit fiestaazteca.com.
Off the Traxx Sports Bar & Grille, 918 E, New Haven Ave., Melbourne: “We are aware of at least one employee that has tested positive and ... out of an abundance of caution for our guests, staff and community,” the business closed June 20, its proprietors posted to Facebook. An “enhanced sanitation process” is underway and the restaurant will reopen when appropriate.
Olive Tree Greek Grill, 2270 Town Center, The Avenue Viera: After a single employee tested positive for the virus, its owners shut down the restaurant until further notice, owners reported on Facebook. All other employees have been tested and received negative results. Visit olivetreegreekgrill.com.
Playalinda Brewing Company, 5220 S. Washington Ave., Titusville: The brewery announced its temporary closure Thursday after the company “received confirmed information that 2 of our team members have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of the employees were isolated and are currently in quarantine,” according to a Facebook post. The brewery said it has tentative plans to reopen in the weeks to come.
The Brewing company announced it would reopen on July 3 for take-out and curb-side pickup orders only.
Shilohs Steak & Seafood, 3665 S. Washington Ave., Titusville: The restaurant posted on Facebook that it would close temporarily close after “confirmed notice that two of our staff members have contracted Coronavirus. For the safety and health of our guests, staff and the greater public, we are closing immediately in an effort to offset any potential further exposure.” The restaurant will remain closed “through at least June 30th to follow sanitizing protocols and assess the level of exposure to our staff,” according to a Facebook post. Visit shilohssteakandseafood.com.