Here’s How Bars & Restaurants In Columbus Are Dealing With COVID-19 Cases

As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, local businesses that have reopened are now dealing with how to keep employees and patrons safe.

Dozens of bars and restaurants around Columbus have reported cases amongst their staff. For the most part, establishments facing these situations have been vocal on social media about their response and their increased responses.

In Franklin County, bars and restaurants are not required to close when an employee contracts COVID-19, but they must take several other steps, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines. Those steps include:

  • Immediately isolating whoever tested positive
  • Seeking medical care for anyone who exhibits symptoms at work
  • Contacting the local health district about suspected cases or exposures
  • Shutting down the area for deep sanitation (if possible)

Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mykeisha Roberts said that although businesses are not required to shut down, employees who feel like a restaurant or bar is not taking proper steps to stop the spread and keep staff and customers safe should call the health department at 311. Calls can be anonymous.

The following list of bars and restaurants with positive COVID-19 cases will be updated regularly.

Ethyl & Tank

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Dear Friends, Sunday night we were informed that a couple of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, we have been closed and will remain closed until further notice. These employees have not worked in our establishment in the last few days prior to their results. All employees have been tested and will continue to be tested as we navigate through the coming weeks. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and we will be taking all steps necessary to maintain a safe environment. As a precaution, we have hired a team to come in to sanitize the entire restaurant and will continue to do so on weekly basis upon reopening. We are in continuous contact with our employees and the health department regarding the situation. We will will reassess and determine a reopening date next week. Don’t forget to wear your mask. Stay healthy friends! 💚

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On Thursday, Ethyl & Tank reported that they would be closed until further notice due to multiple cases of COVID-19 among their employees.

Antiques on High/ Seventh Son


Antiques on High and Seventh Son are both closed until further notice due to one employee testing positive for COVID-19.

Katalina’s & Katalina’s Too


After an employee tested positive at their Clintonville location, Katalina’s announced the restaurant would be closed for at least a week and deep cleaned. As an extra precaution, they also closed their Harrison West location for deep cleaning.

Northstar Cafe

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As community spread of COVID-19 continues, some of our different restaurant locations have individuals who have tested positive. We sincerely wish our teammates a full recovery and are providing assistance. We are following quarantine and contact tracing requirements to protect our teams and guests. Knowing that the risks of community spread and asymptomatic carriers is a new reality we must all navigate carefully, we prepared before ever having a case. We have been working with our local health departments since March on safety standards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have contact tracing procedures and thorough sanitizing and disinfecting practices that go beyond any local or state requirements, including frequent and thorough sanitizing throughout the day and every night. Staff and guests are required to wear masks. Additionally, our teams undergo daily temperature checks and we are in the process of adding UV Air Sterilization to all of our AC systems. At this time, our restaurants are open with these stringent safety procedures in place. We are grateful for the efforts of all of our teammates. By sharing joy and healthy, delicious food, we hope to help our community get through these trying times. Questions or concerns? Please reach out directly to us at [email protected]

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Several employees at various Northstar Cafe locations have tested positive for COVID-19, but the restaurants will remain open. On their social media, North Star shared their cleaning and safety procedures, which do not include closing any restaurants.

Lincoln Social Rooftop Bar


The bar announced a temporary closure on July 4 after they had “positive COVID-19 results” within their associate team. They were originally scheduled to reopen on July 8 but they have since extended their temporary closure.

The Pearl


Like Lincoln Social, The Pearl is a fellow Cameron Mitchell Restaurant. They also did not specify how many positive COVID-19 cases they had among their employees, but they remain temporarily closed.

Standard Hall, Shorth North Pint House, and Short North Goody Boy

Although the social media announcement has since been deleted, Standard Hall had stated that an employee who tested positive for COVID-19 had contact with workers at other Corso Ventures restaurants, including Short North Pint House and Short North Goody Boy. The social media post stated that all three locations would close immediately for cleaning and sanitation and that employees would be tested and quarantined. However, Standard Hall later posted that the employee had not been in contact with the other restaurants and then the post was deleted.

The Rossi Kitchen + Bar

On June 30, The Rossi Kitchen + Bar announced Facebook that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the restaurant would be temporarily closed. No reopening date has been shared yet.

Barcelona Restaurant

German Village favorite, Barcelona Restaurant, shared on July 1 that the restaurant would close until further notice due to a postive COVID-19 case at the restaurant.

Staufs Coffee Roasters (Grandview)


The Grandview location of Staufs Coffee Roasters announced their closure on June 27 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The shop was open for walk-up orders only and closed within 20 minutes of learning about the employee’s positive test results. No reopening date has been announced.

Platform Beer Co.

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To our guests: We unfortunately learned this morning that one of our Cleveland-based employees had tested positive for COVID-19 and had recently worked out of the Cleveland and Columbus taprooms, so we are temporarily closing those locations. Out of an abundance of caution due to heightened risk of COVID-19 in the state, we are choosing to temporarily close our Phunkenship location as well. Our contactless home beer delivery services will still be available in the Cleveland and Columbus markets⁣ ⁣ LOCOBA in Cincinnati continues to operate for carry-out/delivery only. These temporary closures will allow us time to perform a thorough cleaning and sanitation of all our locations. All our taprooms have and will continue to follow all local government and health officials’ guidelines and precautions, and we can confirm that our food and beer have not been affected. We feel this is the best decision at this time to ensure safety of our guests and staff.⁣ ⁣ Please stay tuned to our social media for further updates, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. We thank all of you for your support, understanding, and patience as we ensure the safety and health of our staff and our Columbus and Cleveland communities.

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A Cleveland-based employee of Platform Beer Co. tested positive for COVID-19. Since the employee had recently worked out of both teh Columbus and Cleveland tap rooms, both locations were closed out of “an abundance of caution.”

HangOverEasy (OSU Campus Location)


HangOverEasy announced earlier this week that one of their employees tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant has closed temporarily to allow for deep cleaning, sanitizing, and testing all employees. No reopening date has been announced yet.

Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace

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We have some news to share. One of our employees, who last worked for us on June 24th, has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee notified us yesterday of 2 things: the test was performed on July 2nd, and of the positive result. Thankfully, our team member is recovering well. Since that last shift on the 24th, all of our other employees have felt well, passed our daily wellness & temperature checks, and exhibited no symptoms. Every team member was individually contacted last night to let them know and to our knowledge, none of them have been in the presence of the affected employee. Out of caution, we will be closed today, July 8th, which represents the 14th day after possible exposure. Although our current employees have not exhibited nor communicated any symptoms, we will ensure all active employees are tested. Once we reopen, we will also continue our daily wellness checks and deep cleanings. The health department was contacted yesterday and we await further guidance from them to ensure all necessary steps are being taken to maintain the safety of our team and community.

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Dirty Frank’s Hot Dog Palace closed on July 8 after learning of an employee who had tested positive. Although the employee had not been at work since June 24, the restaurant closed and reached out to the Ohio Department of Health to be sure they are doing all that’s necessary to maintain the safety of their team & community.

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