Shandies in downtown Paducah just announced on their Facebook page they will be suspending operations due to the current restrictions on service. As of Monday, Governor Andy Beshear raised indoor capacity seating for restaurants and bars from 25% to 50%. The 25% capacity restrictions were implemented less than two weeks ago when COVID positivity rates started rising.
Since COVID-19 began shuttering businesses, the restaurant and bar industry has been one of the hardest hit. Shandies restaurant has been a staple in Paducah for many years. Formerly C.C. Cohen, the restaurant is known for its ambiance and delicious food.
Shandies features American and International gourmet-style dining and has one of the most authentic pub bars in the area. There’s no news as to why they are temporarily shutting down and for how long other than the post on their Facebook page.
One of the comments posted on Shandies Facebook page in regards to the news, was from Charlene Diesel, owner/operator of John’s PASS Carriage Services. She stated, “Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this. We love ya’ll so much, you will be missed. Sadly, we may be the next to go. Prayers for you my friend.”
Tourism is another industry that’s been hit hard by the pandemic. With the cancellations of the AQS Quilt Show in April, BBQ on the River in early September, and other large events, the negative effect attributed to the pandemic on downtown tourism and businesses like the carriage service is an understatement. Unfortunately, it’s just another sign of the times. One in which will break all of our hearts.