Just days after its owner highlighted for Fox News the widening gap between the restaurant crises in deep-blue cities and the thriving hospitality sector in red-state America, Wild Greg’s Saloon shuttered its expansive nightclub in troubled downtown Minneapolis.
Greg Urban said in a phone interview with Fox News Digital on Monday that Minneapolis was “a ghost town.” “Being closed is much better for us than being open. The bleeding was halted by us.”
He continued, “This facility took a lot of time, pride, and effort.”
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In addition, Urban is the owner of Wild Greg’s Saloons in Pensacola, Lakeland, Austin, Texas, and Texas.
According to him, the three businesses are doing well.
Following rioting in the summer of 2020, debilitating COVID regulations that began in March 2020 completely destroyed Minneapolis’ restaurant and entertainment scenes.
Much of downtown Minneapolis was trashed during the riots, and the city is now being decimated by an uptick in crime.
Minneapolis is a deserted city. businessman Roger Urban
Minneapolis, according to Urban “Since February 2020, we have not had a profit. The city never made a full recovery. And more shooting has since occurred.”
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In 2021, the city was on the verge of defunding its police force.
According to Urban, crime is an issue, but so “is the idea of crime” that makes people want to avoid certain areas.
He said, “There is criminality close to our Austin location as well.” However, when people go outside, they can see police officers on the street and know that help will be available if they need it.
According to data from restaurant reservation site OpenTable, the number of daily diners in Minneapolis decreased by an average of 54.3% between July 2019 and July 2022. Less than half as many people are dining out now as they were before pandemic lockdowns. It had the lowest COVID recovery rate of any city tracked by OpenTable in the entire world.
According to the same report, the average number of diners in Florida increased by almost 30% between July 2019 and July 2022 in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, and Tampa.
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Urban’s personal business practices reflected the general culture.
His two Florida hotspots are doing around 30% better business than they were in 2019, the year before the outbreak.
Before he shut the doors over the weekend, business in Minneapolis had decreased by “in excess of” 50% since 2020.
In nearby Vadnais Heights,
Urban serves on the city council and is running for mayor.
He accuses local officials, such as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, of imposing unnecessary regulations and limitations in response to COVID and of implementing laws that stigmatized law enforcement.
A bar owner in Minneapolis files a lawsuit against the vaccine mandate and criticizes the mayor for adhering to political science.
Politicians, particularly Democrats, are terrified of the woke mob, according to Urban. They don’t want to take any actions that would anger the mob.
During COVID, two-thirds of Minnesota restaurants accrued debt, with an average debt balance of $500,000.
Thirty individuals worked at Minneapolis’ Wild Greg’s Saloon.
On Saturday night, Urban informed the staff that they had all lost their jobs at the nightclub, which had closed at the close of operations.
According to industry association Hospitality Minnesota, there are already 25,000 fewer people employed in Minnesota bars and restaurants than there were before to the COVID outbreak.
Unknown is the total number of restaurants that have shut their doors in Minnesota.
But for those that do, the road to recovery will be difficult.