Chicago, IL- January 23rd, 2021, Governor Pritzker has implemented new rules for the city of Chicago which will allow 25% occupancy for indoor dining- effective today. Irish Nobleman Pub Chicago would like to keep you, our loyal and supportive friends, family, neighbors, and customers informed on our response and how we intend to move forward. We couldn’t have made it through this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, the indoor dining ban, or any of the challenges or heartbreaks of 2020 without you (nor our wonderful long-term, dedicated staff [and their efforts to spread smiles in tough times]). So, we’ll try to outline our response, reasoning, and plans as best as we can with transparency since so many have been reaching out with questions.
The sudden indoor dining re-opening in Chicago is well, sudden. And, most restaurants cannot effectively nor safely make these complete changes in logistics overnight. We also know that this sudden lift of the ban comes as a shock to many of our customers, peers, & friends as well- after headlines of just last week have warned of dangerously rising COVID-19 cases within the city of Chicago, mutation strains of COVID-19 on the upswing, and the published pleas from local healthcare workers and first responders to be more diligent in efforts to stop the spread. Regardless of your personal take on the conflicting messages, we can all acknowledge that these mixed signals have caused concern for those who work in a public facing, potentially vulnerable role, such as restaurant workers. The physical and mental wellbeing of the staff is important to the owners of Irish Nobleman Pub Chicago. As a reminder, you can find out more about Health and Safety at Irish Nobleman here.
As soon as we feel it is safe (as a team) to re-open indoors, we certainly will- we’re all very much excited to return to indoor dining. But, we don’t feel right forcing our employees into a situation where they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We are taking into consideration all preventative measures and equipment available, and discussing these options with our staff to see what the team is comfortable with implementing. In the meantime, our outdoor patio with outdoor TVs and heaters will still be in operation until further notice. We do also allow customers inside (with masks) to order & warm up by the fireplace