Some Charlottesville-area restaurants hibernating for the winter to survive COVID-19

Some Charlottesville-area restaurants hibernating for the winter to survive COVID-19

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some restaurants in the Charlottesville area will be hibernating for the winter in order to try to make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s something that is necessary, but temporary. When you sort of hibernate like this, you’re able to really limit your operating costs, and so all that’s left are kind of our fixed costs like rent,” Champion Hospitality Group Vice President of Food and Beverage Stephen Kelly said.

Passiflora, Champion Grill, Brasserie Saison, and Superette Saison will be pausing business in order to open back up in the spring.

The restaurants shutdown on January 1, and the group says it is something that the company has been thinking about doing for a while.

“It allows us to stay within ourselves, tighten up a little bit, hunker down for the next couple of months,” Kelly said.

Kelly says he hopes to reopen the restaurants and store in March.

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